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Death of Baron Georges Schnek, Honorary President of Jewish Museum of Belgium


Baron Georges Schnek, a longtime Jewish activist in Belgium who (among other things) was deeply involved in the creation and development of the Jewish Museum of Belgium, died March 18 at his home in Ixelles’ Belgium at the age of 88.

Schnek, who had served as Chairman of the Museum as well as the head of the Belgian Consistoire, was also involved in the development of  what today is the Museum and Documentation Center on the Holocaust and Human Rights at the Dossin Caserne, due to open in September.

Schnek worked with the Resistance during World War II and founded the Belgian Union of Jewish Students in 1947. He was an emeritus professor of chemistry at Brussels Free University and also taught history at ORT schools. He was raised to the nobility in 2001.