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Henry Monsky Dies; B’nai B’rith Head, American Jewish Conference Leader Was 57

May 4, 1947
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Henry Monsky, chairman of the Interim Committee of the American Jewish Conference and president of the B’nai B’rith, died here this evening. He was 57 years old.

Monsky suffered a heart attack this afternoon while presiding at a meeting of the Interim Committee. He died shortly after 6 o’clock.

The prime mover behind the organization of the American Jewish Conference in 1944, Monsky served first as one of three co-chairman of its Interim Committee, and last year was elected to head the committee, which is the top body of the Conference.

In the B’nai B’rith he held successively the presidency of District Grand Lodge No. 6, the largest in the organization, a seat on the national organization’s executive for 15 years, and the national presidency since 1938. Under his guidance B’nai B’rith membership doubled and its service program was expanded.

A native of Omaha, Monsky received his education in that city. By profession (##) a lawyer. His work with Jewish and non-Jewish welfare groups, including member of government advisory bodies, won him nation-wide recognition.

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