Writer Ha Ehrenburg Dies at 76
LONDON (JTA) - Ilya Ehren-
burg, famous Soviet-Jewish writer,
died in Moscow Aug. 31 at the age
of 76. Son of a • Jewish factory
manager, he joined the Russian
revolutionary movement in' his
youth, and remained faithful to
the Communist Party even during
the days when Stalin was purging
Jewish intellectuals, executing
many of them.
He always considered himself
publicly as a Jew, stating that as
long as there is anti-Semitism in
Russia he would be a Jew. At
times, he voiced and wrote scur-
rilous attacks against Zionism and
Israel. However, during last June's
Arab-Israeli war, he stood aloof
from some Jewish writers who,
evidently under government pres-
sure, supported the Soviet govern.
A. A. Lichter, Auto Interior Designer
Adolph A. Lichter, founder, pre-
sident and chairman of the board
of Comfort Cushion Co., Inc., 5062
Lorraine, died Sept. 2 at age 80.
Mr. Lichter had been a pioneer
in interior automobile design.
Born in Russia, Mr. Lichter per-
fected his knowledge of interior
Use Koch, 'Witch
AICHACH, West Germany-Ilse
Koch, who made lampshades from
the skin of murdered Buchenwald
Camp inmates, hanged herself
Sept. 2 with strips torn from bed-
sheets in the prison cell here where
she was serving a life sentence.
She was 60.
Mrs. Koch was serving a life
sentence imposed by a German
court for beating inmates to death,
selecting others for execution and
aiding SS firing squads as a rifle-
woman in the execution of 24 Jew-
Known as the "Witch of Buchen-
wald," Mrs. Koch and her three
children moved to Buchenwald in
1939 when her husband, SS Col.
Karl Koch, was named camp com-
mander. She soon gained the title
"murder mistress" for roaming
the prison yard with a bull whip,
lashing out at prisoners, beating
many of them to death.
She amused herself by picking
inmates out at random to be
sent to the camp bunker where
guards would beat them to death
or administer poison injections.
She set aside the tatooed skin
of corpses to be made into lamp-
shades. Other skin was used to
bind the books in her library.
Col. Koch built a $62,000 riding
hall for the amusement of his wife.
He was executed by the Nazis for
1944. His wife
stayed on in Buch-
enwald until the
was spotted in
a camp survivor.
Two years later
she was tried and
sentenced to life
Use Koch imprisonment by
a U.S. military court, but in 1948
the sentence was reduced to four
years by military governor Gen.
Lucius D. Clay.
Upon her release from U.S. war
crimes prison, she was arrested
by the West German government.
In 1951 she was sentenced to life
imprisonment. Shortly after she
began that sentence, she gave
birth to a boy. The father of the
child was never identified.
Last year Bavarian justice
authorities ordered a review of
her ease, standard procedure for
life-termers in West Germany.
After nine days of study, clem-
ency was denied and her sen-
William D. Denson of Washing.
ton, D.C., the prosecutor at her
first trial, said "She was not a
woman in the normal sense, but
rather a creature from another,
body building and design while
working for Willys-Overland until
1922. In that year, he was invited
by Walter P. Chrysler to join his
corporation. There, as factory man-
ager in charge of the body divi-
sion, he earned the nickname of
"Mr. Quality" for his insistence on
From 1933 to 1936, Mr. Lich-
ter was assistant general man-
ager of the Citroen auto company
in Paris. He returned to Amer-
ica and founded his cushion ,
firm, which he headed since.
His expertise in design was
used by the late Henry Kaiser
when he formed a firm to manu-
facture Kaiser-Frazer cars after
World War H.
A founding member and on the
first board of directors of Adas
Shalom Synagogue, Mr. Lichter
also was a past officer and mem-
ber of the board of Knollwood
Country Club. He was a life mem-
ber of both Union Lodge and Per:
fection Lodge. F&AM. was with
the Detroit Consistory and Moslem
Temple and for many years played
flute with the Shrine Band. He was
a member of Cong. Shaarey Zedek,
former vice president of Detroit
Businessmen's Chapter, City of
Hope, and was active in many
Survivors are his wife, Rose.
18100 San Juan: three sons, Dr.
Max, Seymour and Harry of Scotts
Bluff. Neb.; three daughters, Mrs.
Charles (Martha) Ornstein, Mrs.
Morris (Billie) Dresner and Mrs.
Henry (Goldie) Lerman; a bro-
ther, Nathan of New Haven, Conn.;
two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Feldman
and Mrs. Ike (Edith) Wienshienk;
17 grandchildren and four great-
Theresa Miller, Age 72
ment's anti-Israel, pro-Arab poli-
Ehrenburg was one of the
few Jewish writers in Russia to
escape the purge of the members
of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Com-
mittee when Stalin conducted his
When he was asked, in 1962,
"How did you escape the Stalinist
purges?", his reply was: "Life is
a lottery and I just happened to
draw a lucky ticket."
In February of 1963. Simeon
Orenstein, in an article in the Tel
Aviv newspaper Maariv, charged
that Ehrenburg was an informer
who participategt-in the liquidation
of Jewish writers in Russia. Oren-
stein, who was arrested in Czecho-
slovakia during the Slansky trial,
said an examining police officer
at the trial told him: "We have
official statements of charges made
by the Jewish Soviet writer Ilya
Ehrenburg against the Jewish
TEL AVIV (ZINS) - John Mos-
ley, son of Oswald Mosley, the
leader of the British Nazis, who
during World War II was imprison-
ed for his support of the Nazis
arrived here as a volunteer worker
to aid Israel.
The wife of the Nazi leader is a
supporter of Israel and influenced
MOLLY BODNER of Chicago
died in Detroit Sept. 3. She leaves
three daughters, Mrs. Sol (Ann)
Millis of Skokie, Mrs. Maurice
(Jean) Raznick and Mrs. Esther
Kosova; 13 grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren. Inter-
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BESSIE BRILLIANT, 11501
Petoskey, died Sept. 2. She leaves
a son, Jack; a daughter, Mrs. Da-
vid (Sarah) Stevelberg; six grand-
children and one great-grandchild.
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RENA FAST, 2735 W. McNichols,
died Sept. 5. She leaves a son,
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ROSE FOGEL, 33 .85 Richton, died
Sept. 6. Survived by five sons, .10-
seph of Columbus, 0., Robert of
Los Angeles, Harry of San Diego,
Louis of Grand Rapids and Theo-
dore; a daughter, Mrs. Saul (Fan-
nye) Blau; 17 grandchildren and
LEON GOTTLIEB of Pittsburgh
died Aug. 29. Survived by his wife,
Sadie; a son, Milton of Miami
Beach; two daughters. Mrs. Leon-
ard (Rosalie) Greenwald and Mrs.
Lillian Lichter; five brothers, in-
cluding Simon of Detroit and Moses
and Solomon, both of Windsor; two
sisters and 10 grandchildren.
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REBECCA HARON, 20748 Pem-
broke, died Sept. 4. Survived by
a son, Ruben; a daughter, Irenne;
two sisters, two grandchildren and
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ELSIE HELWEG, 36 Portage,
Highland Park, died Sept. 6. She
leaves her husband, Donald; two
daughters, Nadine and Karen; her
mother, Mrs. Mamie Stone; two
brothers and one sister.
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ROSE KANTOR, 18640 Kentucky,
died Aug. 31. Survived by her hus-
band, Aron; and three sisters.
lAbe Bronfman Widowed
MONTREAL-Mrs. Sophie Ras-1
minsky Bronfman, wife of Abe
Bronfman, retired vice president
of Distillers Corp.-Seagrams, Ltd.. ,
died Sept. 2 at age 81. Mrs. Bronf- 1
man, born in Rochester, N.Y..
lived here 60 years.
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LOUIS LONGMAN, 4020 Burlin-
game, died Sept. 4. Survived by
his wife, Blanche.
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GERARD NAKELL, 23651 Mar-
low, Oak Park, died Sept. 2. Sur-
vived by his wife, Miriam; two
sons, Mark and Charles; a daugh-
ter, Barbara; two brothers and
MARY NESSENFELD, 18001
Coyle, died Sept. 1. Survived by
her husband, David; two sons, Ben
Hendricks of Bellflower, Calif, and
Arthur; two daughters, Mrs. Da-
vid (May) Fenton and Mrs. Nat
(Ida) Malone; two brothers, two
sisters. five grandchildren and
MINNIE OLSHANSKY, 25535
Wareham. Huntington Woods, died
Sept. 3. She leaves two sons, Dr.
Mandell Lansky and William Lan-
sky; one brother and five grand-
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MINNIE RAUB, 19100 W. Seven
Mile. died Sept. 6. Survived by
her husband, Philip; five sons, Sam
Goldstein. Sol Joseph. Martin and
Sidney; four daughters, Mrs. Mer-
1 man (Frances) Raznick, Mrs. Beat-
rice Probasco, Mrs. Julius (Bev-
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Anti-Fascist Committee of Moscow
MINNIE RAYMOND, 2927 Glen-
and two of its members, Itzik Fef-
, dale, died Sept. 3. Survived by
fer and Shlome Mikhoels."
two sons, Jack of Chicago and
Ehrenburg had denied these
Louis; and two grandchildren.
charges and promised to write
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about the Anti-Fascist Committee
PHYLLIS ROSENTHAL, 13751
in his memoirs. But it has been
Allan, Oak Park, died Sept. 2. She
reported that reference to these
leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
purges was stricken from his
Ben Rosenthal; and a brother,
memoirs when they were publish-
ed in Novi Mir.
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Izvestia severely criticized Eh-
SAMUEL LEvirr of Chicago
SOPHIE SCHMITTKE, 19640
renburg for his views on the died Aug. 31. Survived by a son,
purges. Fully aware of the sus- Dr. LeRoy P.; two daughters, Mrs. Stratford, died Sept. 2. She leaves
two daughters, Mrs. Irving (Jean-
picions of his role of appeasement
ette) Wolfe and Fanny; one sister
during the Stalin era of terror in
Russia, Ehrenburg wrote in his Mrs. Sol Sallan, Age 81 and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Birdie Sallan, widow of Sol
JOSEPH SILVER of Flint died
"If I were a religious man I Sallan, founder of the Sallan
would probably say that God Jewelry chain, died last Saturday Aug. 29. Survived by his wife, Eve;
moves in mysterious ways. I said in Hollywood, Fla., where she had , a daughter, Rosalind of New York;
at the beginning of this book that lived for the last 10 years. She was and one sister.
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I lived in an era when the fate of 81.
Mrs. Sallan. born in Traverse , LILLIAN TURKIN, 13241 Pem-
man resembled not so much a
City, had been a Detroit area resi- broke, died Aug. 31. Survived by
chess game as a lottery."
dent almost 70 years. She leaves a her husband, Samuel,
son, Raymond; a sister, Evelyn Ronny; a daughter, Donna -
parents, David Goldstein and Mrs.
n Memoriam Yalomstein; and one grandchild.
Edith Soloman; and one sister.
Theresa Miller, past president
of Hebrew Ladies Aid Society and
a member of several other organi-
zations, died Wednesday at age 72.
Mrs. Miller, born in Hungary.
lived in Detroit 47 years. She re-
sided at 13393 S. Norfolk. She
was a member of Cong. Bnai
Moshe, Israel Chapter of Bnai
Brith, Hadassah and the Zionist
Organization of America.
Surviving are her husband, Abe;
two sons, Morris and Bernard; a
A tribute to our beloved mother,
brother, Richard .Kline; a sister,
Sarah C. Rapp, who passed away
Mrs. Sam (Helen) Wolson; seven
two years ago today, Sept. 8, 1 1965
grandchildren and two great-
(12 days in Elul).
A beautiful memory silently kept
of a wonderful mother we will
Daughter of Macy Chief never forget. Sadly missed by her
NEW YORK - Beatrice Straus son and family and daughter Mrs.
Levy, daughter of Jesse Isador Abe (Dorothy) Leemon and family
Straus, who was president of the of Los Angeles.
R. H. Macy and Co. and was U.S.
ambassador to France from 1933
to 1936, died here at age 69.
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