Obituaries


Adam Yauch and the Adolescent Sublime

By Eitan Kensky

It’s impossible to talk about the Beastie Boys without talking about the group. Eitan Kensky writes that he connected with Adam Yauch as an individual in film.Read More


Maynard Wishner Embodied Yiddishkeit

By Alfred Moses

The Jewish community lost a towering figure with the December 19 death, at age 88, of Maynard Wishner. From his early years as a child prodigy in Chicago’s Yiddish Theater to his later years as president of several prominent national Jewish organizations, including the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, and the umbrella group now known as the Jewish Federations of North America, Wishner brought with him special talents, warmth, vision and leadership.Read More


A ‘Non-Jewish Jew,’ Hitchens Welcomed Finding He Was Jewish–But Not Zionism

By Roane Carey

Christopher Hitchens later-in-life discovery that he was Jewish did nothing to change his views on Zionism or Israel, The Nation’s managing editor writes in this appreciation.Read More


Remembering Paula Hyman, Pioneering Historian and Feminist

By Deborah Dash Moore

Paula Hyman, a pioneering historian of modern Jews, published “My Life as a Radical Jewish Woman,” in 2001. Without its subtitle, “Memoirs of a Zionist Feminist in Poland,” it could stand as an apt characterization of Paula herself.Read More


Esther Broner, Activist, Author, Mother of the Women's Seder, Is Dead at 83

By Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Letty Cottin Pogrebin remembers her friend Esther Broner (center), author, activist and mother of the women’s Seder, who died June 21 at age 83.Read More


Al Schwimmer, Father of Air Force

By JTA

Al Schwimmer, a New York native whose actions were described by David Ben-Gurion as the Diaspora’s most important contribution to the survival of Israel, died June 11. He died on his birthday at age 94 in Tel Aviv.Read More


Labor Leader, Forward Writer Gus Tyler

By Jonathan Tilove

Gus Tyler, a left-leaning labor activist and a longtime Forward columnist — he first joined the newspaper in 1932 — is remembered. Tyler died June 3 at age 99.Read More


Gus Tyler, Labor Activist and Forward Columnist, Is Dead at 99

By Forward Staff

Gus Tyler, a longtime labor activist and a Forward contributing editor, who wrote the newspaper’s “Der Yiddish Vinkl” column well into his 90s, died June 3 in Sarasota, Fla. He was 99.Read More


Joachim Neugroschel, Prolific Multilingual Translator, Is Dead at 73

By Itzik Gottesman

The prolific literary translator Joachim Neugroschel died on May 23 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He was 73. Neugroschel translated more than 200 books from Yiddish, French, German, Russia and Italian, including the work of Nobel Prize-winner Elias Canetti. His legal guardian and former partner, Aaron Mack Schloff, confirmed Neugroschel’s death.Read More


A Poet Passes: Stanley Siegelman, 87

By Daniel Treiman

Stanley Siegelman was never at a loss for words — and they always rhymed. Over the past decade, Stanley, who died of cancer on April 11 at the age of 87, regaled Forward readers with his light verse, first as a contributor to this newspaper’s “Der Yiddish Vinkl” column, more recently with his online “Siegelmania” column and occasionally on our opinion page.Read More





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