Berlin (Mar. 15)
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)
Dr. Paul Nathan, for many years the outstanding leader of German Jewry, died here this morning at the age of 70. Death came as a result of heart failure.
Dr. Nathan was the vice-president of the Hilfsverein der Deutschen Juden and was one of the outstanding Jewish leaders and social workers in the country. He played an important role in the establishment of the school system in Palestine. During the Tisza Essler ritual murder trial, Dr. Nathan was very active in the defense of the accused Jews.
The last conference which Dr. Nathan attended was the Ozet Conference on Jewish Colonization in Moscow last November, where he represented the Hilfsverein der Deutschen Juden.
A few months before his death Dr. Nathan published a book giving his opinions of how the Jewish problem in Eastern Europe could be solved. He expressed the belief that at a future date Russia would be able to absorb Jewish immigration from Poland and Roumania.
A statement on the passing of Dr. Nathan was made to the "Jewish Daily Bulletin" by Mr. Louis Marshall, who says:
"Dr. Paul Nathan, during his active and useful life, was a devoted worker in the Jewish cause–gure of motive and sincere in action. For many years he was the guiding spirit of der Hilfsverein der Deutschen Juden and during Czaristic days, performed signal service for the persecuted and hounded Jews of Russia.
"As one of the founders of the Haifa Technicum he proved to be a pioneer in Palestinian development in the educational field. His was a constructive mind, even to the last. Only recently he investigated the movement of placing Russian Jews upon the land, and his analysis of conditions and methods was illuminating and encouraging.
"In his passing the Jews have lost a man of vision and of untiring devotion."