Famous People who Chose CremationIn the past, there have been leaders and pathfinders who have chosen to leave the world through cremation of their bodies. What follows is a partial list of these famous people:
Saul, the King of Israel, and his sons were brought to Yavesh-Gilad, and cremated there, while other kings, who had been punished by God, such as King Yehoram, were not cremated.
SAMUEL I, 31, 12:
"All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body ofSaul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bet- Sha'an, and theycame to Yavesh, and burned them there."
In modern times as well, one can find famous Jews who chose this way:
- Albert Einstein - thought to be one of the greatest physicists of all times, whose name became a synonym for the word "genius".
- Sigmund Freud - the father of modern psychoanalysis, which serves as the current basis for all existing theories about understanding the mind.
- Robert Oppenheimer - the most important nuclear physicist to work on the American Manhattan Project; he was the first to exploit nuclear energy.
- Arthur Rubenstein - one of the greatest pianists and conductors of the 20th century. The Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Competition was named in his honor.
- Harpo Marx - one the three famous Marx brothers. In his will, he directed that he be cremated.
- Ze'ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky - He wrote in his will, dated 1935 in Paris, "It is my wish that I be buried or my body cremated (I have no preference) at the place where death finds me."
- Ethel Merman - Born in Queens, New York, in 1908, she was known for her talent in acting, theater, and especially singing.
- Humphrey DeForest Bogart December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957)was an American screen actor whose performances in such iconic 1940s films noir as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and The Big Sleep, earned him the legacy of cultural icon. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Bogart as the greatest male star in the history of American cinema. Over his career he received three Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, winning one.
And many others. Here is a partial list of the non-Jews among them:
John F. Kennedy
George Bernard Shaw