Blaustein was an industrialist who was drawn into the complex world
of diplomatic service. He participated in negotiations on behalf
of two United States presidents, peacekeeping missions, and service
at the birth of the nation of Israel. As President of the American
Jewish Committee, he worked to protect the civil and religious rights
of Jews and other minorities and to promote intergroup tolerance.
Jacob Blaustein was a lifelong advocate for human rights and helped
to promote the idea of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights,
a position that was established more than twenty years after his
death in 1970.
Hilda Katz Blaustein shared with her husband the belief that hard
work and a positive outlook could achieve wonders in America. She
devoted herself to her family and to serving others, and held leadership
positions in numerous organizations. She was a trustee of the Associated:
Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the United Nations Association
of Maryland, and the Women’s Advertising Club of Baltimore.
Hilda Katz Blaustein died in 1977.