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  • Leader in the Soviet Jewry movement, Si Frumkin, dies

    Si Frumkin, a Dachau survivor who founded the Southern California Council for Soviet Jews, died, according to the LA Times. He was 71. A man of direct action, Frumkin founded the Southern California Council for Soviet Jews in 1968 and over the next two decades would not leave the issue alone. For years his inventive… More ▸

  • Philanthropist, Pratt, dies

    Dan Goldberg reports for JTA from Sydney: Richard Pratt, who fled Poland as a child on the eve of the Holocaust and went on to become one of Australia’s richest men and biggest Jewish philanthropists, died Tuesday at age 74. The cause was cancer. Pratt will be buried Thursday in a traditional Jewish ceremony in Melbourne…. More ▸

  • Lou Limmer, Who Played a Role in Jewish Baseball History, Dies

    Lou Limmer, part of a little-known bit of Jewish baseball trivia, passed away April 1 at age 82 in Boca Raton, Fla. The Philadelphia A’s first-baseman appeared in a total of 209 games in 1951 and 1954, batting .202 with 19 homers, 62 RBIs and three stolen bases. Notwithstanding those modest numbers, fans with a… More ▸

  • Obituary Benjamin Meed, Who Was Key in Holocaust Remembrance, Dies

    When Benjamin Meed and other survivors were organizing a conference of thousands of Holocaust survivors in Washington in 1983, police met with them to tell them that white supremacists were planning to organize a counter-rally. “So we thought about this for a minute and we gave the police the following: Just go ahead and tell… More ▸

  • About to Be Extradited for Wwii Acts, Bohdan Koziy Dies in Costa Rica at 81

    Accused Nazi collaborator Bohdan Koziy died Sunday night of a stroke in Costa Rica, just nine days after Poland requested his extradition. He was 81. News of Koziy’s death was received with somber disappointment by top Nazi hunters and Costa Rican Jewish leaders, who had been cheered by the prospect of seeing Koziy finally face… More ▸

  • Obituary David Clayman Dies at 69, Was Leading U.S. Voice in Israel

    Rabbi David Clayman, one of the leading American Jewish advocates in Israel, died overnight Thursday from cancer at the age of 69. As the longtime director of the American Jewish Congress’ Israel office, Clayman walked a tightrope, prodding Israeli leaders on civil liberties and gender issues more popular in the United States than in Israel…. More ▸

  • 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 ▸