Aryeh Tartakower Dead at 85
Menu JTA Search

Aryeh Tartakower Dead at 85

Download PDF for this date

Prof. Aryeh Tartakower, who directed the Department of Relief and Rehabilitation of the World Jewish Congress during World War II, died last week in Jerusalem at the age of 85, it was reported here by the WJCongress.

Tartakower, who served the WJCongress for more than four decades, had been chairman of the Israel Executive and chairman of the cultural department. He was a member of the founding Executive of the WJCongress.

Tartakower was a renowned historian and sociologist. He was the author of numerous works, including “The Jewish Refugee,” “History of the Jewish Labor Movement,” “The Israeli Society,” “History of Colonization,” and “Jewish Wanderings in the World.” He also wrote numerous articles in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, German, Polish, French and Spanish periodicals.

He was born in Poland and was educated at the University of Vienna. He founded and was chairman of the Histadrut Zionist Labor Party in Poland from 1922 to 1939 and was a lecturer at the Institute of Jewish Sciences in Warsaw from 1932 to 1939.

Tartakower came to Palestine in 1946 where he served as the chairman of the Department of Sociology of the Jews at the Hebrew University. He was also co-founder and president of the Israel Association of the United Nations and was chairman of the World Hebrew Confederation (Brith Ivrit Olamit).

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund