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Lazerowitz, Morrislocked

(22 October 1907–25 February 1987)
  • Alice Ambrose

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Lazerowitz, Morris (22 October 1907–25 February 1987), teacher of philosophy and writer, was born in Łódź, now in Poland, the son of Max Laizerowitz and Etta Plochinsky. Lazerowitz’s father emigrated to the United States in 1912 with his eldest daughter, and the rest of the family joined them in Omaha, Nebraska, three years later. Although his father, who had been a Yeshiva student, had little formal education and scant preparation for life in a foreign country, he managed by painful saving to secure his family’s arrival in the last days before World War I. Resolved to provide an education for his children, he sent his remaining son Morris to study the violin. By the age of nineteen Morris Lazerowitz was substituting in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. (An elementary school teacher omitted the ...

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