Bloomington, IN, January 18, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Author Chronicles Fascinating Life of Jewish-American Icon Louis Marshall.
Among famous and respected Jewish-American figures is Louis Marshall. A respected lawyer and champion for the Jewish people in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, his life and achievements are at the center of Herbert Alpert's new biography, Louis Marshall: 1856-1929.
When the 72-year-old Marshall died in 1929, it was estimated that 25,000 New Yorkers lined 5th Avenue to view his funeral procession. This outpouring of love for him was a product of Marshall’s unwavering, selfless work for peace and justice for Jews around the world, as well as his environmental protection and philanthropic efforts.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Marshall studied law and became a member of a prestigious New York firm in 1894. He became active in the Congregation Temple Emanu-El, where he began his lifelong work as an advocate for his Jewish brethren by collaborating with others to improve the lives of newly immigrated Jews to America. It was this group that created the American Jewish Committee, which Marshall led as president from 1912 to 1929.
His name recognition grew with each courageous act for justice. He spoke before the U.S. Congress about Czarist Russia’s refusal to recognize Jewish-Americans passports – a policy that violated a treaty between the two nations. It was Louis Marshall who wrote a well-known letter of apology signed by automaker Henry Ford, who owned a blatantly anti-Semitic newspaper. Marshall was also the leader and negotiator for the Jewish delegation at the Paris Peace Conference that followed the end of World War I.
Louis Marshall: 1856-1929 is the culmination of 20 years of research. Alpert weaves together letters, speeches and other Marshall writings with anecdotes of the family, faith and life’s work of this extraordinary figure in Jewish history.
About the Author
Herbert Alpert started his research in Syracuse, N.Y., and sought out sources in New York City, Cincinnati, Israel and England. In 1988 he interviewed Louis’ son George Marshall in London, and he has interviewed other family descendants. He is a graduate of Syracuse University and a retired C.P.A. He and his wife live in Fayetteville, N.Y.
For more information, contact: Teresa Hale