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Issue 474, 3 December 2001

Professor Harold Fisch

The death occurred recently of Professor Harold Fisch, who taught in the Department of English Literature at Leeds for several years before emigrating to Israel. The following obituary notice has been contributed by his brother, Mr I Fisch, a local Solicitor.

Professor Harold Fisch died in Jerusalem, Israel on the 8 November 2001. He served in World War II in the Royal Navy as a naval officer in corvettes and destroyers. He was a Lecturer in English Literature at Leeds University from 1950 to 1958. He settled permanently in Israel in 1958 and was appointed Professor of English Literature at The Bar-llan University, seeing it grow from small beginnings to one of the largest in Israel. He was appointed Rector of the University for some years. He was also appointed as a member of the Israel Delegation to the United Nations in 1977.

He was a prolific author of many books of scholarship and was awarded the Israel Prize for literature last year. Many of his books concerned Shakespeare, Milton and Blake.

He is deeply mourned by his wife and five children and their families and his brother and two sisters and their families.

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