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Emanuel Geltman, Dies at 81; Was Founding Editor of Dissent

Emanuel Geltman, one of the founding editors of the political journal Dissent, died Sept. 6 of heart failure at his home in Manhattan.

He was 81.

Geltman, who grew up in Brooklyn, founded Dissent in 1954 with Irving Howe and Stanley Plastrik, serving as its executive editor.

Geltman, a democratic socialist and an anti-Stalinist, and Howe shared a profound involvement in Jewish affairs, The New York reported. Howe died in 1993. The magazine they founded was critical of the abuses of capitalism and repelled by leftist totalitarianism.

Geltman worked for many years for the Trotskyites, whom he represented in Paris during the 1930s. During World War II, he served with the Army Corps of Engineers in England and France. He also was an editor for Horizon Press, the Free Press of Glencoe, the Chicago University Press, Quadrangle Books and Labor Action.

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