obituaries

  • 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 ▸

  • Obituary Artie Shaw, 94, Big Band Leader Who Suffered from Depression

    Artie Shaw, a top big band leader and clarinetist, died Dec. 30 at his home near Los Angeles at 94. Born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky on New York’s Lower East Side, the son of Jewish immigrant dressmakers, Shaw enjoyed worldwide popularity from the 1930s to the mid-1950s, an era of great Jewish band leaders, who included… More ▸

  • Obituary Murray Zuckoff, JTA’s Editor for Nearly 20 Years, Dies at 79

    Murray Zuckoff, a longtime JTA editor in chief, died Sunday in New York of lung cancer at age 79, after a long illness. Zuckoff served as JTA’s chief editor from 1969 to 1987. Those were important years for JTA and for Israel, as they spanned the Yom Kippur War, the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty and the… More ▸

  • Obituary Karl Brozik Dies at the Age of 78; Was Champion of Holocaust Survivors

    Karl Brozik, a longtime advocate for Holocaust survivors, has died at age 78. Brozik, a survivor of Auschwitz, passed away on Aug. 18 during a visit to Prague, according to the Conference for Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, whose Frankfurt office Brozik had led since 1987. The cause was a chronic heart ailment. Mourners on… More ▸

  • Obituary Nobel Winner Milosz, Who Wrote of Holocaust and Memory, Dies at 93

    Nobel prize-winning Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz, who died Aug. 14 at age 93, was close to Jews and Jewish causes from an early age and some of his most eloquent and disturbing works dealt with the Holocaust, Holocaust memory and the complex relations between Jews and Catholic Poles. Milosz grappled powerfully with the physical and… More ▸

  • Obituary Berlin-born Reform Leader Albert Friedlander Dies at 77

    Albert Friedlander was 11 years old during Kristallnacht, the Nazi-inspired rampage in 1938 against synagogues and Jewish-owned institutions. Friedlander spent the night walking the streets of Berlin with his father only to find when he returned home that the police were looking for his father. The pair went back out into the night to avoid… More ▸