HURWITZ Alter Max

Male Abt 1899 - 1970  (~ 71 years)


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  • Name HURWITZ Alter Max 
    • A.M. Hurwitz was living at '18, St. George, Dartmouth Road, [London] N.W.2' in 1921, and from mid-1925 to at least 1939, at no. 56, Harehills Avenue, Leeds 7. This is in the north eastern district of the city known as Chapeltown, which was home to many members of the Jewish community before the postwar relocation to Moortown. Dora Rebecca was officially living at no. 56 from 1929 [sic], to at least 1939. Both she and he disappear from the electoral rolls for that address after World War II and there were for security and economy reasons no registers published during that war. I have not so far found out why she is not listed at that address until later.

      'Max Hurwitz' is listed as no. 205 on the Nazi 'Wanted List' of 1940, drawn up when they were contemplating invasion of this country, and this (terrifyingly) locates him at the same address.You wonder how they knew.

      He appears in the Membership Lists of the Jewish Historical Society of England between 1921 and 1931. I have not checked before 1921 or after 1931.

      Sources say he was a leading member of the Sinai Movement from its foundation in Leeds in 1919 and that this was still so in 1925, and that on his watch some 400 people passed through its ranks; a press report from 1925 identifies it as the Sinai Association and says he was the Founder and President for the first five years of its existence. The Sinai was an Orthodox educational organisation for the young. He was by 1925 a Barrister, practising on the North Eastern Circuit, and held the degree of LL.B. He was also Treasurer and Vice President of the Brunswick Ward Liberal Party Association in Leeds and 'formerly minister of the Psalm[s] of David Synagogue.' In August 1926, he stood against Professor Selig Brodetsky (1888-1954) in the first contested election for delegate to the Zionist Congress/Mizrachi, but lost.

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    Born Abt 1899  Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1911 1911  12 Foyle St., Sunderland, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    S 11, school, Russia 
    Hebrew Name Mordechai ben Harav Tsvi Hirsh Halevi 
    Residence 1940  56 Harehills Ave., Leeds, Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1945 1945  3 Gledhow Park Rd., Leeds, Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 1967  12 Bentcliffe Dr., Leeds, Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • By 30 June 1945, Alter Max and his wife Dora Rebecca were living at 3 Gledhow Park Road, having presumably moved there from 56 Harehills Avenue at some point during World War II. They appear to have moved again between October 1966 and October 1967, to 12 Bentcliffe Drive Leeds.
    Occupation 1959-1970  Leeds, Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Barrister 
    • Can now advise you that Alter Max Hurwitz was practising, still, as a Barrister at 'Vinces Chambers, Victoria Square, Leeds 1' in the period March, 1959-February 1960; at 45 Park Square, Leeds 1' from about April 1961 to the Autumn of 1968 and in 1969-1970, at 'Westminster Bank Chambers, 31 Westgate Leeds 1.' There is no professional or occupational listing for him in or after 1971, suggesting that by that time he had retired.
    Buried Oct 1970  UHC Cemetery, Gildersome, Leeds, Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Oct 1970 
    Obituary 30 Oct 1970  The Jewish Chronicle Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Leaves widow, son (also barrister) and 2 daughters 
    Person ID I40223  Leeds Database
    Last Modified 14 Jul 2013 

    Father HURWITZ Harris, Hirsch or Herman,   b. Abt 1864, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1946, Duke of York Home, Bradford, Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Mother Hannah Lily,   b. Abt 1865, Russia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1947, 33 Grange Ave., Leeds, Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married Abt 1885  Russia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F15153  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family COHEN Dora Rebecca,   b. Abt 1902,   d. 20 May 1995  (Age ~ 93 years) 
    Married 27 Jan 1925  Alexandra Hall, Sunderland, Durham Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • The wedding did take place in January 1925. It is reported in the press under the date 27 January, 1925, where it is said to have taken place "this afternoon." The bride was Dora Rebecca Cohen, daughter of 'Mr Elias and Mrs Cohen' of Oaks House, Oaks West, Sunderland, County Durham (it is nowadays in Tyne & Wear). The venue for the marriage was Alexandra Hall, Sunderland.

    Children 
     1. HURWITZ Vivian R,   b. Abt 1926, Leeds, Yorks Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. HURWITZ Marcia Rose,   b. Abt 1928, Leeds, Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Living
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2016 
    Family ID F15161  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S23] Stephanie Jefford.