William Bernard Ziff, Sr.

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William Bernard Ziff, Sr.
Born(1898-08-01)August 1, 1898
DiedDecember 20, 1953(1953-12-20) (aged 55)
NationalityUnited States
EthnicityJewish
Occupationbusinessman
Known forco-founder of Ziff Davis Inc.
ChildrenWilliam B. Ziff, Jr.
 
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William Bernard Ziff, Sr.
Born(1898-08-01)August 1, 1898
DiedDecember 20, 1953(1953-12-20) (aged 55)
NationalityUnited States
EthnicityJewish
Occupationbusinessman
Known forco-founder of Ziff Davis Inc.
ChildrenWilliam B. Ziff, Jr.

William Bernard Ziff, Sr. (August 1, 1898 – December 20, 1953) was an American publishing executive and author.

Biography[edit]

He was born on August 1, 1898. He died on December 20, 1953.[1] Ziff and Bernard G. Davis founded the magazine publisher Ziff Davis Inc. in 1927. Following his death in 1953, his son William Bernard Ziff, Jr. succeeded him at Ziff Davis.[2]

Political views[edit]

Being of Jewish descent and motivated by the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, Ziff became one of the most prominent American supporters of Revisionist Zionism. In 1935, he was persuaded by supporters of the Revisionist Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky to accept the presidency of the Zionist-Revisionists of America organization although he resigned after one year being uncomfortable with his role as a Jewish organizational leader. Ziff remained active in Zionist politics and caused controversy whan he authored in 1938 a stinging criticism of British policy in the Holy Land entitled The Rape of Palestine. The British Foreign Office declared the book "violent and offensive" and monitored Ziff closely thereafter.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "W. B. Ziff; 55, Publisher And Author, Dies". Chicago Tribune. December 21, 1953. Retrieved 2010-10-16. "William Bernard Ziff, 55, a Chicagoan who built a magazine publishing empire and wrote several books, died yesterday in his hotel residence in..." 
  2. ^ "William B. Ziff Jr., 76, Builder of Magazine Empire Dies". New York Times. September 12, 2006. "William B. Ziff Jr., a publishing executive who made publications like Car and Driver and PC Magazine must reading among hobbyists and computer enthusiasts, died Saturday at his home in Pawling, N.Y. He was 76." 
  3. ^ "Militant Zionism in America: The Rise and Impact of the Jabotinsky Movement in the United States, 1926-1948" by Rafael Medoff University Alabama Press; 1 edition (July 2, 2002) pp 39-40
  4. ^ The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies: "Unsung Hero of Holocaust Refugee Struggle Dies at 96" February 18, 2004