Obituary

  • Konrad Kalejs, War Crimes Suspect, Dies Before Trial Can Begin in Latvia

    A Nazi war crimes suspect has died before he could be extradited to stand trial. Konrad Kalejs, 88, who was appealing his extradition to Latvia, died Nov. 8 in his nursing home in Australia. He reportedly suffered from dementia. For years, Kalejs has faced charges of being involved in the wartime slaughter of civilians when… More ▸

  • Hitler Opponent, Camp Survivor, Kurt Hacker Dies in Vienna at 81

    Kurt Hacker, the president of the International Auschwitz Committee, died Saturday of heart failure in Vienna at 81. Hacker, who was not Jewish, reportedly died as he was about to board a train to attend a meeting in Heidelberg, Germany, of the Auschwitz Committee, which brings together former Auschwitz prisoners from 28 countries. Born in… More ▸

  • Obituary a Leader in the Conservative World, Rabbi Bernard Mandelbaum Dies at 79

    Rabbi Bernard Mandelbaum, a former president of the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, died Tuesday night in Florida at the age of 79. Mandelbaum, an author and influential voice in the Conservative movement, spent much of his life at JTS. In addition to serving as president of the seminary from 1966 to 1972, he was… More ▸

  • Proposal for Orthodox Women Who Want Divorces Dies in Britain

    British advocates for the rights of women whose husbands will not grant them Jewish divorces are disappointed at the defeat of a bill designed to remedy the problem. The Board of Deputies, which represents most British Jews, vowed to continue to press for a change to the law after the House of Commons rejected the… More ▸

  • Jewish Sheriff in Los Angeles Dies During Re-election Campaign

    Sherman Block, the first Jewish sheriff in the 148-year history of Los Angeles County, has died at age 74. As head for 16 years of the nation’s largest county law enforcement agency, with 12,400 employees, Block was also the highest paid elected official in the United States, with an annual salary of $234,000 Born in… More ▸

  • Israeli Soldier Dies in Lebanon

    The fundamentalist Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for the death of an Israeli soldier in southern Lebanon. Ori Samuelov, 21, of Mevasseret Zion near Jerusalem, was killed Wednesday by a roadside bomb detonated near his army patrol. Four other Israeli soldiers were wounded in the explosion. Samuelov was the 10th Israeli solider killed in Lebanon this… More ▸

  • Uzi Narkiss, a Central Figure in Liberating Jerusalem, Dies

    The commander of Israeli troops that unified Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War has died at the age of 72. Reserve Maj. Gen. Uzi Narkiss, who died in Jerusalem last week, had an army career that dated back to the days of the Palmach, the elite commando units of the Haganah, which was the precursor… More ▸

  • Hadassah Rosensaft, Leader in Survivor Community, Dies

    Dr. Hadassah Rosensaft, a Holocaust survivor who cared for 150 Jewish orphans at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and was later a spokeswoman for survivors, has died. She was 85 years old. Born Hadassah Bimko in Sosnowiec, Poland, in 1912, Rosensaft studied medicine at the University of Nancy in France and earned a doctorate as a… More ▸