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By Mr. Elmer Gertz

Elmer Gertz has defended well-known people—including Henry Miller, Nathan Leopold, and Jack Ruby—and he has turn into well-known in his personal all the way through his fight for civil liberties and private rights.Gertz has taken on a long record of circumstances and factors over the six many years of his criminal profession. He fought effectively opposed to the censorship of Henry Miller’s ebook Tropic of melanoma, which have been banned in Chicago for obscenity. He acquired Nathan Leopold published from criminal after Leopold had served 34 years for his half within the dying of 14-year-old Bobby Franks. An ardent foe of the dying penalty, Gertz worked for years as a part of a countrywide workforce of attorneys that was once eventually capable of overturn Jack Ruby’s dying sentence for the homicide of Lee Harvey Oswald. Gertz’s instances have helped make libel legislation within the nation.For this variation, Gertz provides an afterword that covers the 15 years because the book’s first e-book. Gertz talks of Henry Miller’s final days and his travels to the USSR on behalf of the Refuseniks.

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I say to the reader and to myself: Here is more than a glimpse of a person of many vicissitudes and passions. He would tell more, but that cannot be, for reasons too involved to relate. I plan for other occasions and in other incarnations. ELMER GERTZ Page 1 One Pictures Out of My Past In our family we all firmly believed that our paternal grandfather, Aaron Gertz, lived for 115 years. At the funeral service, the old and respected Rabbi Ephraim Epstein said that, many years before, when the rabbi himself was a mature man in the Old Country, our grandfather was already well advanced in years and both affluent and pious, than which there was no better combination unless learning, too, was added.

But all admitted that he was shrewd and sometimes wise. One of his family was the chief rabbi of Lithuania, a man whose reputation looms large in the folk histories. Grandfather was a man's man, which means that he was, also, a lady's man, tremendous in size, sturdy, clear-eyed. This big man was matched for marriage by his parents, before he had a chance to see her, to a woman who was so small and unpretty that Grandfather was tempted to flee when he first met her on Page 2 the bridal day. Like a good Jewish son, he went through the ceremony and was a faithful and provident husband as long as Grandmother lived.

Grandfather was invariably serious about such things. I know of no smiling picture of him, particularly in association with the generations. A cousin of mine once bedecked him in formal attire, tails and all, and stood him next to the famous St. Gaudens Lincoln in the northside park. The photograph showed that Grandfather was at least as solemn as the martyred President, and bore a striking resemblance to Robert Todd Lincoln in his last days. In Grandfather's honor, we created a cousins' club and met regularly.

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