Esther Herlitz, Israel’s First Female Ambassador, Passes Away At 94

Esther Herlitz

The Times of Israel reports: Esther Herlitz, a former MK, an Israel Prize laureate and the country’s first female ambassador, died this week at the age of 94.

Herlitz was born in Berlin in 1921, and her family emigrated to Israel in 1933. Her father, George Herlitz, was the founder of The Central Zionist Archives in Jerusalem.

Herlitz joined the Jewish Agency’s diplomatic corps in 1946, and in the 1950s served as Israel’s consul in New York. She was among the pioneers in establishing ties between Israel and US Jewry as well as US leadership, and was also a member of the negotiating team that discussed compensation to Holocaust survivors from the German government.

In 1966 Herlitz was appointed as Israel’s envoy to Denmark, being the first woman to serve as an ambassador abroad.

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