Bernard Bellush, Historian and Activist, Dies at 94

January 10, 2012

Lecturer Served on Forward Board and Edited English Edition

January 1,2012

Bernard Bellush. a labor historian and activist, has died of natural causes at age 94.

Bernard Bellush, who was an editor of the Forverts’s English supplement and served

on the Forward Association’s board, died Friday night at a hospital, his wife, Jewel

Bellush, wrote in a message to friends.

Bernard Bellush was raised in the Bronx. attended public schools and graduated from

City College in 1941. Although raised as a pacifist, he served in the army during World

War II, taking part in the landing on Omaha Beach.

He earned a master’s degree in history at Columbia University, with a thesis on Eugene

V. Debs, and a Ph.D., with a dissertation on Franklin D. Roosevelt as governor of New


Bellush taught American history at Hunter College and at City College. where he served

as first chair of the Faculty Senate. He published several books in American history.

He served as a National Board member of the American Veterans Committee, a national

Board member of Americans for Democratic Action, a member of the NGO Committee

on Disarmament, Peace and Security, and president of the New York Labor History


He frequently lectured on history and baseball, and often appeared together with his wife,

Jewel Bellush, also a historian.

He is survived by Jewel Bellush, 87, his wife of 64 years, and their children and


Originally published by the Jewish Daily Forward