Arjeh Kubovy, Head of Yad Vashem,dead; Was Israeli Career Diplomat
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Arjeh Kubovy, Head of Yad Vashem,dead; Was Israeli Career Diplomat

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Arieh Kubovy, chairman of Yad Vashem, the Israel tenter for documentation of the Nazi holocaust, and for many years an Israeli career diplomat, died last night in Hadassah Hospital after a long illness. He was 69.

Born in Lithuania, he was brought at an early age to Belgium where he received his education at the University of Brussels and the University of Liege. Settling in Israel in 1948, he served as chairman of the board of the School of Law and Economics in Tel Aviv and as a consulting member of the Mapai Council before entering Israel’s foreign service. He served as Minister Plenipotentiary to Czechoslovakia and Poland and as Ambassador to Argentina and Minister to Chile.

Before coming to Israel he was a deputy member of the Antwerp City Council, a delegate to several World Zionist Congresses, and a co-founder of the World Boycott Movement against Nazi Trade. He was head of the rescue department of the World Jewish Congress from 1943 to 1945 and served on rescue and rehabilitation missions to Europe after the war. He wrote a number of books.

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