Dr. Isaac Goldberg, writer, scholar and critic, died yesterday at his home at the age of 50. He had been ill for a month and just before his death had been planning to go to Maine to recuperate. Dr. Goldberg distinguished himself in several fields of learning and letters. He was an authority on music, the history of modern literature of Spanish and portuguese America, wrote several widely-acclaimed biographies of modern figures, was the author of books on literature and the drama, translated from several languages, and, withal, found time to concern himself with current Jewish problems.
Since last December Dr. Goldberg had written a weekly column for the Jewish telegraphic Agency and associated publications throughout the country. in this column, which was entitled “Panorama: A Weekly Survey of People and Ideas,” Dr. Goldberg dealt with a wide variety of subjects, including recent books and many current issues.
Dr. Goldberg felt keenly the injustices of the day, and his bitterness pervaded many of his columns. In his last two columns, not yet released for publication, he condemned Italy for restricting Jewish authorship, lashed out against Fritz Kuhn, head of the German-American Bund; advised Hitler of the Semitic-Hamitic origin of the alphabet and attacked Mayor Frank Hague of Jersey City.
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