Obituaries


Grandma, 106, Had Hundreds Of Descendants

By Forward Staff

Maryasha Garelik, a Lubavitcher Hasid who survived pogroms, Soviet persecution and the Nazi killing machine, died in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights last Wednesday. The progenitor of more than 560 direct descendants, she was 106.Read More


Muravchik, 90, Socialist and Jewish Labor Committee Leader

By Ralph Seliger

When Emanuel Muravchik, a son of secular Russian Jewish immigrants, recalled his “bar mitzvah,” he was not thinking of a religious ceremony, which he didn’t have. He recalled the day in 1930, at age 13, that he was given free rein in the library of the Rand School, then associated with the Socialist Party, and later the Tamiment Library. He had gone there to research a school paper, but he was captivated and spent all 10 days of spring break reading everything he could on socialism. It was there, he would recall, that he decided on his life’s course as a socialist activist.Read More


Judith Vladeck, 83, Formidable Labor Lawyer

By Beth Schwartzapfel

A trailblazer in women’s rights, a formidable labor and anti-discrimination lawyer, and longtime general counsel of the Forward Association, Judith P. Vladeck died Monday at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York after a long struggle with cancer. She was 83.Read More


Journal Editor, 102, Devoted to Yiddish

By Itzik Gottesman

Everyone active in the world of Yiddish culture has to have shoulders broad enough to carry the weight of history, but Itche Goldberg, who died December 27 at age 102, had the broadest shoulders of all.Read More


Häagen-Dazs Creator Ruth Mattus, 90

By Dan Levin

Rose Mattus, a longtime Jewish philanthropist and one of the creators of Häagen-Dazs ice cream, died November 28 in Westwood, N.J., at the age of 90.Read More


Shoah Survivor Kept Memories Alive

By Walter Reich

In the early 1990s I met a Holocaust survivor, Norman Salsitz, who possessed the most amazing powers of memory I’ve ever encountered.Read More


Auschwitz Survivor, 92, Testified at War-crimes Trial

By Beth Schwartzapfel

George Edward Preston, longtime engineer for du Pont, E.I. and a survivor of the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, died last week at his home in Wilmington, Del. The cause of death was multiple organ failure. He was 92.Read More


Auerbach, Basketball Legend

By Alan M. Dershowitz

When it came to basketball, Red Auerbach — architect of the Boston Celtics’ 16 championship teams — was a maven’s maven. He knew more about the game than anyone, and he used his knowledge more effectively than any basketball coach or general manager in history, and led the way in opening up the league to black players and black coaches. He was a fierce competitor who couldn’t stand to lose. And when he was the coach he rarely did, winning a record eight consecutive titles starting in the 1958-59 season.Read More


Norman Salsitz, 86, Chronicled Holocaust

By Beth Schwartzapfel

Norman Salsitz, Holocaust survivor and co-author, with his wife, of “Against All Odds: A Tale of Two Survivors,” died of pneumonia October 11 in Springfield, N.J. He was 86.Read More


Sigmund Strochlitz, 89, Survivor Activist

By Dan Levin

Sigmund Strochlitz, a Holocaust survivor and internationally recognized peace advocate, died October 16 at the age of 89 in New London, Conn.Read More





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