obituaries

  • Obituary Maurice Rosenblatt, D.c. Lobbyist Who Fought Mccarthy, is Dead at 90

    Maurice Rosenblatt, a lobbyist for the rescue of Holocaust refugees and the creation of the State of Israel who played a key role in the downfall of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, died Aug. 11 in Washington at age 90. Time Magazine once called Rosenblatt “the lobbyist with a green thumb for controversy.” After earning a degree… More ▸

  • Obituary Milton Wolf of Cleveland, 80, Ambassador and Jewish Leader, Dies

    Milton Wolf, a Jewish leader and U.S. ambassador, died Thursday of lymphoma in his Cleveland home. He was 80. A real estate developer who devoted himself to Jewish and civil service, Wolf was U.S. ambassador to Austria from 1977 to 1980, chairman of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland from 1985 to 1988 and president… More ▸

  • Obituary Former Israeli President and Air Force Founder Ezer Weizman Dies

    He was the ultimate Israeli highflier, literally as well as metaphorically, shepherding and shaping the Jewish state through war and peace with a singular, sometimes mordant charm. And though Ezer Weizman, who died Sunday at 80, ended his public career tainted by scandal, to many Israelis he typified a national ideal. “Ezer was a symbol… More ▸

  • Obituary Henri Wolff Dies; Survivor Took Kids on School Trips to Auschwitz

    Henri Wolff wanted to go to Poland for the recent ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, but he was too sick to make the trip. He had already been there; according to his granddaughter, Caroline Panige, Wolff had accompanied junior high and high school groups to Auschwitz 44 times. Many of… More ▸

  • Obituary Playwright Arthur Miller’s Work Had Often-hidden Jewish Resonance

    Arthur Miller will be remembered for his deft dramatic rendering of the American everyman, yet his writing was infused with Jewish characters and themes, both explicit and implicit. But those works dealing most clearly with Jewish issues never received acclaim or recognition equal to that garnered by his earlier work, and have not found as… More ▸

  • Obituary Israeli Satirist Ephraim Kishon Dies at 80; Was Israeli Film Pioneer

    Unbowed by the horrors of the Holocaust, Ephraim Kishon immigrated to Israel and become his adopted country’s most beloved humorist. But Kishon died in semi-exile Saturday at 80, driven back to Europe by the same outsider sensibility that made for such great Israeli satire. “With a sharp wit, both favorably and critically, Kishon set before… More ▸

  • Obituary in Later Years, Comic-book Artist Turned Attention to Anti-semitism

    Will Eisner, a giant in the world of comic book art who used his craft in later years to fight anti-Semitism and teach Jewish history, died Jan. 3 in Lauderhill Lakes, Fla., at age 87. The cause of death was complications from heart bypass surgery. Eisner invented the “graphic novel,” which used comic book-style art… More ▸

  • Creator of Bundt Pan, Inspired by Jewish Women, is Dead at 86

    Several Hadassah women were partly responsible for a culinary phenomenon whose inventor died this week. Now celebrating its 54th anniversary, the Bundt pan was the brainchild of members of the Minneapolis chapter of Hadassah, who in 1950 approached aluminum manufacturer H. David Dalquist with the idea for the cake pan. Dalquist died Sunday at age… More ▸