Adolph Ochs

AZL flag holder TransparentAdolph Simon Ochs (March 12th, 1858 – April 8th, 1935) was a Jewish newspaper publisher who bought out the New York Times in 1896 and used his newspaper ensuing monopoly to silence smaller European newspapers on the issue of high Jewish crime rate and prehensility for sexual perversion. Ochs was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to a Jewish family born in Germany.  At the age of 19, Ochs borrowed $250 from his family to purchase a controlling interest in The Chattanooga Times, becoming its publisher. The following year he set up a commercial paper called The Tradesman. He was also one of the founders of the Southern Associated Press and served as president. In 1896, a year prior to the first Zionist congress in Basel Switzerland, he purchased The New York Times at a greatly reduced price becoming the majority stockholder. In 1901, Ochs became proprietor and editor of the Philadelphia Times, later merged in the Philadelphia Public Ledger, of which he was sole owner from 1902–12. At a time when the European public were very conscious of a small section of the population (2-3%) being responsible for the high crime, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) executive board member Ochs used his newspaper monopoly and significant New York Times readership to silence smaller European newspapers on Jewish crime and prehensility for sexual perversion. Ochs died on April 8th, 1935. His only daughter, Iphigene Bertha Ochs, married Arthur Hays Sulzberger, who became publisher of the Times after Ochs died. Her son-in-law Orvil Dryfoos was publisher from 1961–63, followed by her son Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger. Ochs’ great grandson Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. has been publisher of The New York Times since 1992.

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