Jewish Organizations Pay Tribute to D’avigdor Goldsmid
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Jewish Organizations Pay Tribute to D’avigdor Goldsmid

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Tribute to Sir Osmond d’Avigdor Goldsmid, who died on Sunday, was voiced today in statements by the Joint Distribution Committee and the Joint Reconstruction Foundation’s American group.

“Sir Osmond d’Avigdor Goldsmid was one of the most valued colleagues of the Joint Distribution Committee,” said the J.D.C. statement. “His sincere interest in the many phases of J.D.C. activity and his helpful attitude manifested themselves on numerous occasions. As President of the Jewish Colonization Association, he gave unparalleled leadership and devotion to the many worthwhile endeavors of that organization…The officers and members of the J.D.C. are saddened by the loss of Sir Osmond, whose outstanding qualities of leadership, initiative and energy will be sorely missed at this critical juncture in Jewish life.” (Signed) Paul Baerwald, chairman; Edward M.M. Warburg, co-chairman; James N. Rosenberg, chairman, executive committee.

“Sir Osmond was the co-founder with the late Sir Leonard Cohen and Franz Philippson of the American Joint Reconstruction Foundation which during the last two decades has been carrying on a great economic and social reconstruction effort for the Jews in Europe,” said the Foundation statement. “Sir Osmond’s inspiring leadership qualities and his great personal sacrifices in this work have always merited the profoundest gratitude of American Jewry. His death, occurring in this tragic period of Jewish and world history, is an irreparable loss. The American members of the American Joint Reconstruction Foundation express their heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Sir Osmond’s family, to the Jewish Colonization Association, of which he was President, and to the American Joint Reconstruction Foundation, of which he was chairman.” (Signed) Alexander A. Landesco, chairman, American members Joint Reconstruction Foundation.

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