Arnold D. Margolin Dies in Washington; Defended Mendel Beilis
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Arnold D. Margolin Dies in Washington; Defended Mendel Beilis

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Arnold D. Margolin, attorney and author who became world famous as the defense counsel for Mendel Beilis in the notorious Jewish blood libel trial in Kiev from 1911 to 1913, died here today following an automobile accident. He was 79.

Born in Kiev. Mr. Margolin was a justice of the Supreme Court of Appeals of the Ukraine, Undersecretary of State of the Ukraine and a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Versailles Peace Conference–all between 1918 and 1919. He served on the staff of the U. S. Office of Strategic Services during World War II and dean of the Army’s European Command Intelligence School for Army Officers during 1948-49. Active in Jewish affairs all his life, Mr. Margolin was secretary-general of the Jewish Territorial Organization in Russia and published works on the Jews of Eastern Europe.

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