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Christopher Hitchens in the Forward 50

Journalist, critic, pundit and all-around provocateur Christopher Hitchens died December 15 at the age of 62. The outpouring of appreciation (and criticism) has been immense, including this piece in the Forward by Shmuley Boteach. But the Forward recognized Hitchens long before his death for his considerable — and considerably polarizing — gifts. In 2002, Hitchens was included in the Forward 50, our annual list of the most important and influential contributors to the American Jewish story. It was an interesting time in Hitchens’s career, coming shortly after 9/11, when he was making a break with many of his colleagues on the left. Our write-up at the time read:

Rest in peace, Hitch, wherever you are.

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