Max Braude, former director-general of the World ORT Union, died Tuesday at his home in Jerusalem. He was 69 years old. He became director of the World ORT Union in 1951 and served as director-general from 1957 to 1980.
From the first days with his association with ORT, Braude launched a series of initiatives which created the foundation of what has become the worldwide network of vocational and technical education. In 1956, he organized ORT programs in Poland, in conjunction with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and several years later, helped initiate the first ORT schools for the Jews of Bombay, India.
In 1965, he developed, with the Israeli Ministry of Education, a national plan for the expansion of technical high schools and college level institutes — an initiative which has significantly advanced the whole range of education in Israel. In 1961, Braude was responsible for the first steps in ORT technical assistance for manpower development in literally scores of countries.
The Archive of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency includes articles published from 1923 to 2008. Archive stories reflect the journalistic standards and practices of the time they were published.