The Pittsburgh Foundation

David Glick Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established: 7/1/1964

David was a distinguished attorney, scholar of religion and great humanitarian who played an important role in saving the lives of 90,000 Jewish people in pre-war Nazi Germany. He died on April 17, 1964, at the age of 68.

A graduate of Harvard Law School class of 1924, he was a lifelong scholar and particularly adept in the Scriptures. In 1936, he sailed to Germany in an attempt to meet the leaders of the Gestapo in Berlin and negotiate the emigration of thousands of Jews.

With the help of U.S. officials, he remained in Germany from 1936-1938 and continued to negotiate with the Gestapo on the treatment of Jews and regulation of the people and their property.

He crisscrossed Germany, visiting large cities and small hamlets, meeting with many people. It is estimated that 90,000 Jews were able to migrate to other lands in the years he worked with the Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland (National Committee for German Jews) in Germany. Many obtained VISAS to South America.

Upon his return to Pittsburgh, he was active on several boards including The Henry Clay Frick Education Foundation and President of The County Bar Association. He was a longtime member of Rodef Shalom Congregation.

The World Affairs Council honored David for his work in Germany and for his rare capacity to give himself genuinely both to great causes and individual human beings.

The fund supports civic, educational and charitable organizations in which Glick was interested during his lifetime and for the development of better human relations and inter-faith understanding.

Type of Fund

  • Scholarship