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September 04, 1987 - Image 121

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-09-04

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V

ictor Bienstock, 79,
one of the deans of
American Jewish jour-
nalism, died last Friday in
Boca Raton, Fla.
Although he started his
career in secular journalism,
Bienstock devoted more than
50 years of his professional
life to Jewish journalism. He
is widely credited with help-
ing to move Jewish jour-
nalism away from the
rhetoric and bias that had
previously marred its news
columns. One of the credos
that marked his approach to
Jewish journalism was that
"Jews, like everyone else, I
believe, must be made aware
of their sins and errors to be
able to guard against them."
Bienstock, said former
World War II correspondent
Bill Miller, "had a devotion to
the truth — and to spread the
truth. His influence was
broad."
And veteran correspondent
Daniel Schorr said, "Vic
Bienstock gave Jewish jour-
nalism a sadly needed ele-
ment of objectivity and profes-
sionalism. He brought a cool
professionalism to the job. He
was a really marvelous,
marvelous man — soft-spoken
and slow to anger."
In 1933, Bienstock gave
Schorr his first job in jour-
nalism as a reporter for the
short-lived Jewish Daily
Bulletin, an adjunct of the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
(JTA). "Vic encouraged objec-
tive reporting of even the
enemy," said Schorr, recalling
an assignment from Bien-
stock to cover the German-
American Bund, a Nazi front
in the Yorkville section of
New York City.
Bienstock also hired Jewish
News editor Gary Rosenblatt
in 1972, as assistant editor of
the New York Jewish Week.
Before joining the the JTA
as its managing editor,
Bienstock had been editor of
the New York Herald
Tribune's news service. Since
starting in journalism in
1929 as a cub reporter with
the New York World,
Bienstock had moonlighted
for the JTA. The experience,
he later wrote, made his
"sense of Jewish kinship
flower?'
From 1935 to 1940, Bien-
stock was based in London as
JTA's chief foreign service
editor.
In 1940, Bienstock became
chief foreign editor of the

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