Leon Shapiro (1905-1984) was a historian and Professor of
Russian and Soviet Jewish History at Rutgers University;
The History of ORT: A Jewish Movement for Social
; a 35-year contributor of articles to "The American Jewish
Yearbook"; fluent speaker of Yiddish, Hebrew, English,
Russian, German, French, and Ukrainian; helped arrange the
escape of Jews from Europe during World War II; and an active
member in several organizations concerned with the emigration
of Soviet and Eastern European Jews to Palestine and other
issues related to Judaism.
||Born July 14, in Hersun (Korsun, Korsoun,
Hersein), Kiev, Russia, to Mark and Freida Scheinblum
Candidate for degree in Social Sciences and Law,
University of Kiev.
Imprisoned for anti-Bolshevik
||Exiled to Palestine.
||Diplome de Licencie en Droit, Social Sciences and
Law, University of Toulouse.
||Married in Paris to Leorfore Rita Willdorff;
divorced in 1940.
||Secretary General, Federation des Societes Juives
de France, Paris
||Research Associate, American Jewish Joint
Distribution Committee, New York.
||Immigrated to U.S.
||Assistant Director, Cultural Department,
Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against
||Research Associate, Columbia University Seminar in
International Research Methods.
||Assistant Executive Director, Memorial Foundation
for Jewish Culture.
||Professor, Russian and Soviet Jewish History,
Department of Hebraic Studies and Soviet/Eastern European
Studies Program, Rutgers University.
||Adjunct Professor, Queens College, School of
General Studies, City College of New York.
||Adjunct Associate Professor, Judaic Studies,
Brooklyn College, City College of New York.
||Adjunct Associate Professor, Academy Without
Walls, Haifa University.
||Professor, Empire State College.
||Died, December 25, New York City.