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Newspaper Editor Dies at Desk

October 7, 1999

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Shmuel Schnitzer, the founder and former editor of the daily Maariv, died at his desk in the newspaper office after finishing an article. He was 81.

Schnitzer, who died Wednesday, was among a group of journalists who started Maariv, an afternoon newspaper, in 1948. He served as the paper’s editor from 1980-82 and was known for his sharply worded editorials and commentaries.

The article he finished just before his death was meant for Friday’s weekend edition. The paper printed it Thursday instead.

In the article, Schnitzer argued against allowing the publication of the memoirs of Adolf Eichmann, who, as Hitler’s deputy directed the murder of six million Jews during World War II. Eichmann, who wrote the document while in an Israeli prison, was executed after being convicted of war crimes.

Eichmann’s survivors have demanded that Israel turn over the memoirs, held under lock and key by Israeli officials. Schnitzer argued that if they are made public, the memoirs could be used by neo-Nazis to justify or excuse the Holocaust.

Schnitzer was buried Thursday. He is survived by his wife, and two sons.

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