|Birth: ||Aug. 17, 1924|
|Death: ||Oct. 5, 1995|
Sunday, September 22, 1946
Paper: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Botnik - Davis
An announcement of much interest here is that made by Mr. Armand Davis of Jacksonville, Fla. of the engagement of his sister, Miss Eunice Davis, and Mr. Adolph Botnik of Baton Rouge. Miss Davis an attractive member of younger society in Jacksonville. She is president of the Junior Hadassah group there, and has a position at the Hope Haven hospital where she teaches handicapped children. She is a graduate of the Florida State College for Women. Mr. Botnik is the son of Mr. and Mrs Louis Botnik of Baton Rouge, He returned this spring from Paris where he was attached to the branch office of the Judge advocate general's office. He is now attending Louisiana State university.
Sunday, January 20, 1974
Paper: Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE)
Byron De La Beckwith Saturday was found innocent of carrying a live time bomb and a pistol on a midnight drive into New Orleans from Mississippi. The government claimed Beckwith wanted to plant the bomb with more than seven pounds of dynamite at the home of Adolph I. Botnick, regional director of the B'nai B'rith Anti-Defamation League. Beckwith, 53, of Greenwood, Miss., had said he was "astounded" to learn from newspaper accounts after his arrest that there was a bomb in his car
Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Friday, October 6, 1995
Deceased Name: ACTIVIST ADOLPH 'B' BOTNICK DIES AT 71
Adolph I. "B" Botnick, a longtime Jewish activist whose crusade against bigotry made him the target of an assassination plot, died Thursday of heart disease at Mercy Baptist Medical Center. He was 71.
Mr. Botnick was known locally for facilitating interracial dialogue.
Upon his retirement in 1992 after nearly 30 years of directing the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith's regional office in New Orleans, he received the league's Torch of Liberty award.
As he retired, he said, "We share a hope for the betterment of the human condition in our city and our area. Most of all, we share that eternal belief in the goodness of the human heart that maintains the light in our world."
In 1973, federal sources reported that Mr. Botnick had been targeted for death by Mississippi white supremacist Byron de la Beckwith, who had been charged a decade earlier with the murder of Mississippi civil rights leader Medgar Evers.
The plot on Mr. Botnick was foiled when Beckwith was arrested at New Orleans' city limits, carrying a time bomb and a small arsenal in his car. He was convicted of carrying a bomb across state lines without a license and served five years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.
After two all-white juries failed in the 1960s to convict Beckwith of killing Evers in Jackson in 1963, he was found guilty of the murder in 1994 and is serving a life sentence.
During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Mr. Botnick worked behind the scenes to try to defuse potential violence.
He persuaded Jewish leaders in Mississippi to take a stand against the Ku Klux Klan.
"We tried to mediate, to sit down and listen to both sides," he said. "I said to them, 'You can't make somebody love you if they do not love you, but if you work within the system, you can pass laws to control their behavior.' "
A native of New Orleans, Mr. Botnick graduated from the Gulf Coast Military Academy in Gulfport, Miss. He was in the Army during World War II and went ashore on D-Day.
After the war, he graduated from Louisiana State University and later moved to Hattiesburg, Miss., where for a while he was in the clothing business.
After becoming known for his activism in the civil rights movement, he was recruited by the Anti-Defamation League and took a position in its Atlanta office in 1961. He returned to New Orleans in 1964 to become the organization's regional director.
"The death of A.I. 'B' Botnick is a terrible loss to the ADL and to all those in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas dedicated to the fight against bigotry, racism and anti-Semitism," said Stephen H. Kupperman, chairman of the league's south central region office in New Orleans.
"Mr. Botnick's special, historic role in the struggle against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1960s helped shape the outcome of the civil rights movement in Louisiana and Mississippi," Kupperman said.
"At the same time, those who knew him best will always remember B's wonderful sense of humor, his passion for New Orleans and for his family and the enjoyment he gained from the joys of life," he said.
Survivors include his wife, Fay Waldoff Botnick; a son, Michael Botnick; two daughters, Wendeline Botnick of Houston and Lori B. Fireman of Columbus, Ohio; and eight grandchildren.
A funeral will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bultman Funeral Home, 3338 St. Charles Ave. Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Hebrew Rest Cemetery No. 3.
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Louis Botnick (1885 - 1975)
Madge T. Botnick (1886 - 1966)
Hebrew Rest Cemetery #3
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Record added: Jan 05, 2013
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