Shimon Schwarzschild

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Shimon Schwarzschild
Shimon Schwarzschild (cropped).jpg
Born19 December 1925
NationalityUnited States
Other namesBert Schwarzschild

Shimon "Bert" Schwarzschild (born 1925) is an environmental activist. His work contributed to the establishment of a nature preserve in Assisi, Italy.[1][2] Schwarzschild founded the Assisi Bird Campaign[2] and helped organize the Assisi Nature Council.[3] He has also been active on many other environmental and neighborhood issues.[4]

Schwarzschild's activism has received news coverage regionally,[5] nationally,[1] and internationally.[6] He is listed in the World Who's who and Does what in Environment & Conservation.[7]


Schwarzschild's publications include a 1983 article in Audubon Magazine that first called international attention to the destruction of the birds of Assisi by hunting.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Schwarzschild was born on 19 December 1925, in Wertheim, Germany.[7]

Schwarzschild obtained a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (1950).[7]

In 2004 in New York City, Schwarzschild married Naomi Schechter.[9]

In 2010 and at several other times in recent years, Schwarzschild has visited Wertheim, Germany, where he was born in 1925.[7][10]


  1. ^ a b Cynthia Hanson (3 November 1986). "Bringing the Birds Back to Assisi", Christian Science Monitor, (accessed 17 December 2011).
  2. ^ a b Maria Luisa Cohen (1985). "Assisi: Birthplace of St. Francis: A New Conservation Park". Environmentalist. Kluwer. 5 (3): 227–229. doi:10.1007/BF02237618. ISSN 0251-1088.
  3. ^ Assisi Nature Councile: History (accessed 26 February 2013)
  4. ^ "About Shimon" (Shimon Schwarzschild Biography) (accessed 17 December 2011)
  5. ^ Alan Cline (9 March 1983). "S.F. man starts campaign to save the birds of Assisi", San Francisco Examiner, No. 232.
  6. ^ "The Birds of St Francis" IUCN Bulletin New Series Vol. 14, Nos 10-12, October/December 1983.
  7. ^ a b c d Polunin, Nicholas; Lynn M. Curme (1997). World Who's who and Does what in Environment & Conservation. Earthscan. p. 291. ISBN 9781853833779. ISBN 1853833770
  8. ^ Bert Schwarzschild (1983). "No birds sing on Saint Francis' mountain", Vol. 85, No. 2., pp.
  9. ^ Anonymous (3 October 2004). "Naomi Schechter, B. Shimon Schwarzschild". New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  10. ^ Jankowski, Wilfried (31 July 2010). ""Längst ein halber Wertheimer" Besuch aus Kalifornien: Jüdischer Emigrant Bert Schwarzschild zeigt seiner Frau Naomi seine Vaterstadt [Long ago Wertheimer: Visiting from California: Jewish emigrant Bert Schwarzschild shows his wife, Naomi, his hometown]". de:Main-Echo. Retrieved 26 February 2013.

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