Norman Bentwich, 1883-1971*

Norman often said that if he had his life over again, he would choose to be an archaeologist. He had a deep interest in the past, and in the history, not only of our own people but of all peoples and nations. At the same time?which is rare?he was intensely aware of the world in which he lived, and greatly concerned for the betterment of mankind everywhere. ‘Human rights’ were almost a passion with him, decades before the Declaration of the United Nations. I remember his efforts, just before the last war, to obtain the release of a small number of prisoners in China, and this at a time when his work on behalf of the victims of Nazi persecution led him to travel, sometimes at risk of personal danger, to Germany and Austria. He never knew fear, and was as reck? less in Palestine, after he was shot by

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