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Chicago Jew Leaves $2,200,000 for Charity; Came from Hungary

July 25, 1955
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A Jewish immigrant from Hungary who lived in a rented room here left more than half his estate of $2,200,000 to charity it was revealed when his will was filed in probate court. A childless widower, Emanuel Lebowitz made his fortune in a dress manufacturing business and later on the stock market. He was 68 years old when he died July 7.

His will divided an estimated $1,360,000 in equal shares among the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, the Jewish Federation of Chicago, the Shrine Hospital Association and the Illinois Masonic Hospital. “Mr. Lebowitz believed that both the Shrine and Masonic hospitals had done so much good that his philanthropies should extend beyong his own religion,” his attorney explained. The will also left $750,000 to various relatives.

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