Marilyn Henry, journalist and reparations authority, dies


(JTA) — Journalist Marilyn Henry, an authority on German reparations and the recovery of Jewish properties looted and displaced in Europe during the Nazi and communist eras, has died.

Henry, of Teaneck, N.J., died of cancer on Tuesday, four days before her 58th birthday.

Henry was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post, where she had also served as a staff writer reporting from Israel, Europe and the United States. She had been a contributing editor to ARTnews and worked briefly as interim managing editor of JTA. She also worked part time as an archivist for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

She began her journalism career at the Jacksonville (Fla.) Times-Union, and also worked at Newsday. Her articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, the Forward and Aufbau, and in publications in Germany, Switzerland, Britain and the Netherlands, according to the New Jersey Jewish Standard

Henry was the author of “Confronting the Perpetrators: A History of the Claims Conference” and lectured on the topic of German reparations.

Marc Masurovsky, co-founder of the Holocaust Art Restitution Project, in a message posted on the website of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art, called Henry "one of the most extraordinary journalists of the Jewish community who stood for the rights of Holocaust survivors throughout her active and dynamic existence."

"She will be always remembered for her relentlessness, her tenacity, her love of all things Jewish, and, most importantly, for her sincere attachment to the truth, regardless of where the chips may fall," Masurovsky said.

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