Eryk Spektor

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Eryk Spektor was an activist of the Jabotinsky movement and a friend of the Jabotinsky Institute. Born in Lodz, Poland, he was raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel. He served in the American Air Force during World War II. During Israel's War of Independence he joined the ranks of the Irgun Zvai Leumi as a pilot, an effort that won him the Irgun Medal.
Spektor graduated from New York University with a Masters in Business Administration, and became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fame Fabrics, Inc., a company he founded together with his father.
Dedicated to the Zionist and philanthropic cause, he was a member of Herut Zionists, Trustee of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Chairman of the Tel-Hai Fund and Executive Committee member of the World Zionist Organization. In 1983, he established the Jabotinsky Foundation, which granted the annual award of Defender of Jerusalem, to "honor people who stood in the defense of Jewish rights". Recipients of the award have included Aliza Begin, Israel Eldad, Ida Nudel, Reuven Hecht, LIBI Fund, Yitzhak Shamir, and others.

Eryk Spektor died in New York on December 14, 1998.

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