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Jewish Organizations Mourn Death of Ludwig Lewisohn; Was 72

January 3, 1956
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The Zionist Organization of America, and other Zionist and Jewish cultural organizations, today mourned the death of Ludwig Lewisohn, well-known novelist, critic and professor of comparative literature at Brandeis University He died this week-end at Miami Beach, Fla., of a heart attack. He was 72.

Dr. Lewisohn had written “a sublime page in the history of our people,” declared Mortimer May, president of the Zionist Organization of America. The well known author had written 31 books, many of which reflected his thorough Jewish identification and firm Zionism. He had been one of the 13 original faculty members who had helped found Brandeis University.

Born in Germany, he was brought to this country at the age of 7. He was educated at the College of Charleston, S. C., and from 1911 to 1919 was professor of German language and literature at Ohio State University. From 1920 to 1924 he was associate editor of “The Nation,” and from 1943 to 1948 he was editor of “The New Palestine.” Critics considered him one of the finest stylists in America.

Among his books are “Upstream,” “The Creatife Life,” “Israel,” “The Case of Mr. Crump,” “Island Within,” “Mid-Channel,” “The Golden Vase,” “This People,” “The Permanent Horizon,” “Trumpet of Jubilee,” “Expression in America,” “Goethe” and “The American Jew.” His last book, published in August, was “Theodore Herzl: A Portrait for This Age.”

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