Passing of Mr. Aron Lutwak

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H-Judaic is greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Aron Lutwak (1934-2020), the longtime proprietor of Ideal Bookstore near Columbia University.  Generations of Columbia University students knew Mr. Lutwak and benefited from his wide-ranging knowledge of books and Judaica.   Dr. Philip Miller, emeritus librarian at the Klau Library, HUC, NY, has sent us the following notice:

It is my sad  duty to inform members of AJS and H-Judaic of the passing of Aron Lutwak earlier this week, on November 23 (8 Kislev). Aron was born in Czernowitz on October 16, 1934. His first language was German, but later attended Romanian schools. (While adding sums, he always did it in Rumanian, not in German.) He was book dealer specializing in out of print academic books of Judaic content and frequently at AJS. One could not overlook his periodic lists of offerings as they were always printed on eye catching yellow paper. He was active in the book trade for over 50 years, best known for his store, Ideal Books. He possessed a generous soul and warm sense of humor. With his death, we have lost one precious more link to that irretrievable Jewish presence in pre-War Central Europe.

Surviving are his wife Alice, three children and four grandchildren

The important  Aron Lutwak Photograph collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum (  forms part of Lutwak’s legacy.

We extend deepest condolences to his family, his customers, and to all who benefited from his store of learning.

Jonathan D. Sarna
Chair, H-Judaic  

Categories: Obituary
Keywords: Necrology