obituaries

  • 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 ▸

  • Obituary David Brody, ADL Lobbyist, Fought for Civil Rights and Against Boycott

    David Brody, an Anti-Defamation League lobbyist who for four decades helped lead the fight in Washington for Jewish interests and civil rights, has died. His widow, Beatrice, told JTA that Brody died Saturday in Washington of unknown causes. He was 88. As chief lobbyist at the ADL from 1965 through 1989, Brody nurtured relationships with… More ▸

  • Obituary Israel’s National Folk Musician, Naomi Shemer, Dies at Age 74

    It was a sign of the importance of Naomi Shemer to Israel’s national psyche that the singer’s death relegated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the inside pages of the nation’s newspapers. Saturday’s death of Israel’s national folk musician, at the age of 74 from cancer, spurred Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to open his weekly Cabinet… More ▸

  • Obituary Henry Everett, 78, Remembered for His Devotion to Social Justice

    At a meeting of Fortune 500 companies about a dozen years ago, a man in a blue windbreaker went around giving the corporate executives in attendance literature attacking the tobacco industry. “Who let this outsider crash the meeting?” asked one participant at the annual meeting of Businesses for Social Responsibility. It was Henry Everett, the… More ▸