Vladimir Grossman, well-known Jewish activist, journalist and historian, died here on Jan. 22 after a short illness. He was 92 years old. Mr. Grossman was born in Temrulk in the North Caucasus in 1884. After finishing studies in Agronomy at the University of Berlin and Law at the University of St. Petersburg, he took over the publication “The Jewish Immigrant.” sponsored by the Jewish Colonization Association.
He left Russia in 1915 to represent the Jewish Defense Committee of St. Petersburg in Copenhagen. It was at that time that he established his lifelong friendship with the leaders of the Scandinavian Social Democratic movement and also became a correspondent for the Danish daily newspaper “Politiken.” At the end of World War I, Mr. Grossman moved to Paris where he wrote for the Yiddish newspaper “Haint” and headed the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in France.
At the Beginning of World War II, he went to Canada as delegate of the World ORT Union and in this role he developed an important retraining program for European refugees. Immediately after the liberation of Europe, he returned to the continent to continue his work in DP camps in the British Occupation Zone and also took up work again for ORT in Scandinavia. He was awarded the Danish Liberation Medal for exceptional services.
Mr. Grossman lived in Geneva for the past 22 years where he continued to wrote for major Yiddish language newspapers in France the U.S. and Argentina and continued his close association with the World ORT Union. The third volume of his major work on world Jewry and world politics, “Old and New Problems,” was published in Paris in the fall of 1975.
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