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  • 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 ▸

  • Australian Acquitted in 1993 of Nazi War Crimes Dies at 81

    The only Australian to face trial for participating in Nazi crimes has died at the age of 81. In 1990, Ivan Polyukhovich was arrested and charged with murdering Jews and of being involved in the deaths of up to 850 others in Nazi-occupied Ukraine in 1942 and 1943. The day before his hearing was due… More ▸

  • Writer Leo Rosten Dies; Popularized Yiddish in U.S.

    Leo Rosten, who translated his mamaloshen into English and helped make words like `shlep’ and `nosh’ part of the American vernacular, has died. He was 88. Perhaps best known for “The Joys of Yiddish,” which was published in 1968, Rosten also authored dozens of books of fiction, including mysteries, and non- fiction, as an amateur… More ▸

  • Harold Trobe, Rescuer of Jews in Wartorn Europe, Dies at 82

    Harold Trobe, a Jewish official who played a central role in helping refugees escape wartorn Europe and North Africa, has died. Trobe, who was 82, died June 24 in Gainesville, Fla. He was born in Beaver Falls, Pa. In 1937, Trobe received his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Jewish Social Work, now part… More ▸

  • Founder of Ajcommittee Offices in Latin America, Israel Dies at 90

    Maximo Yagupsky, founder and director of the American Jewish Committee’s offices in Latin America and Israel, has died. Yagupsky, who was 90 years old, died Sunday in Buenos Aires. He was born in Argentina and was a lifelong advocate of improving Jewish relations in Latin America. In 1948, he established the AJCommittee’s South American headquarters… More ▸

  • Harold Jacobs, 81, Dies; Involved in Civics, Religion

    Harold Jacobs, a past president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations Of America, died May 18 in Manhattan. He was 81. He grew up in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, N.Y. Jacobs, who lived in Lawrence, Long Island, was a former chairman of New York City’s Board Of Education and a successful businessman…. More ▸

  • Israeli Frogman Dies in Training

    An Israeli navy frogman drowned during a diving exercise last week. The army said that the body of Staff Sgt. Ron Haim Kimche, 19, of Tel Aviv, washed ashore after the Navy launched extensive search efforts. The navy commander, Ami Ayalon, ordered an official investigation into the incident. Kimche was the second Israeli soldier to… More ▸

  • Jordanian Girl Set for Transplant in Israel Dies Before Surgery Begins

    A 12-year-old Jordanian girl who arrived in Israel last week to undergo a bone- marrow transplant has died before the operation could be carried out. Heba Shaban died late Friday night of massive bleeding in her lungs, according to her doctor, Shimon Slavin, the head of the bone-marrow transplant center at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem…. More ▸

  • Bill to Help Survivor Win Reparations Dies in Congress at End of Its Session

    An 11th-hour compromise in the House of Representatives almost helped Holocaust survivor Hugo Princz earn his elusive goal: obtaining compensation from Germany for his suffering during World War II. But after passing the House in a voice vote, the bill that would have allowed Princz to sue the German for reparations failed to make it… More ▸

  • Yeshayahu Leibowitz Dies in Sleep at 91; Sage Was Opposed to Holding Territories

    Israel’s best-known and most controversial savant, Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz, died here Thursday at the age of 91. Both mentally and physically fit until his last day, he died in his sleep and was laid to rest at the Har Hamenuhot Cemetery. Leibowitz’s fame as a philosopher, scientist and religious sage extended far and wide, mostly… More ▸