Stanley Abramowitz, long-time JDC worker, dies at 93

(JTA) — Stanley Abramowitz, who worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee for 65 years and was involved in many of its major operations, has died at 93. He was buried in Israel on Monday. “Stanley’s story is really the story of JDC,” the relief group said in a statement. “As we approach our 100th anniversary, it is incumbent upon us to note that this unforgettable Jointnik has been a constant force in our mission for more than 65 years.” Born in Poland, Abramowitz was recruited by JDC in London in 1945 shortly after World War II. He was sent to Germany where he helped alleviate conditions for thousands of Jews in internment camps. He later took on assignments in Iran, North Africa and Israel, where he made his home in 1972. In 1988, he was on the verge of retiring when the JDC sent him to the Soviet Union to help organize the emigration of Jews from that country and provide them with aid. A JDC spokesperson said he continued working for JDC in the former Soviet Union until last year when he retired at the age of 92. “How sad to have lost one of JDC’s righteous giants,” the organization said. “Our memories of him will be treasured always – a good, kind, smart, gentle man who filled his long life with countless good deeds on behalf of the Jewish people.”