Arthur Hays Sulzberger

Arthur Hays Sulzberger (September 12, 1891 – December 11, 1968) was the publisher of The New York Times from 1935 to 1961. During that time, daily circulation rose from 465,000 to 713,000 and Sunday circulation from 745,000 to 1.4 million; the staff more than doubled, reaching 5,200; advertising linage grew from 19 million to 62 million column inches per year; and gross income increased almost sevenfold, reaching 117 million dollars.

Arthur Hays Sulzberger
Arthur Hays Sulzberger
BornSeptember 12, 1891
DiedDecember 11, 1968 (aged 77)
EducationB.A. Columbia College
Known forPublisher of The New York Times
Spouse(s)Iphigene Bertha Ochs
ChildrenMiriam Sulzberger Dryfoos Heiskell
Ruth Sulzberger Golden Holmberg
Judith Sulzberger Levinson
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger
Parent(s)Rachel Peixotto Hays
Cyrus Leopold Sulzberger
FamilyAdolph Ochs (father-in-law)
Orvil Dryfoos (son-in-law)
Arthur Golden (grandson)
Ben Dolnick (great-grandson)
Cyrus Leo Sulzberger II (nephew)


Sulzberger's parents were Cyrus Leopold Sulzberger, a cotton-goods merchant, and Rachel Peixotto Hays. They came from old Jewish families, Ashkenazi and Sephardic, respectively.[1] His great-great-grandfather, Benjamin Seixas,[2] brother of the famous rabbi and American Revolutionary Gershom Mendes Seixas of Congregation Shearith Israel, was one of the founders of the New York Stock Exchange. His great-grandfather, Dr. Daniel Levy Maduro Peixotto,[3] was a prominent physician, director of Columbia University's Medical College and a member of the Philolexian Society. His great granduncle was Jacob Hays, the High Constable of New York from 1801 to 1850.[4]

Sulzberger graduated from the Horace Mann School in 1909 and graduated from Columbia College in 1913, and married Iphigene Bertha Ochs in 1917. In 1918 he began working at the Times, and became publisher when his father-in-law, Adolph Ochs, the previous Times publisher, died in 1935. In 1929, he founded Columbia's original Jewish Advisory Board and served on the board of what became Columbia-Barnard Hillel for many years. He served as a University trustee from 1944 to 1959 and is honored with a floor at the journalism school. He also served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1939 to 1957. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1950.[5] In 1954, Sulzberger received The Hundred Year Association of New York's Gold Medal Award "in recognition of outstanding contributions to the City of New York."

In 1956 Sulzberger received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College.

In 1961, he was succeeded as publisher first by son-in-law Orvil Dryfoos, then, two years later in 1963, by his son Arthur Ochs "Punch" Sulzberger.

Sulzberger broadened the Times’ use of background reporting, pictures, and feature articles, and expanded its sections. He supervised the development of facsimile transmission for photographs and built the Times radio station, WQXR, into a leading vehicle for news and music. Under Sulzberger the Times began to publish editions in Paris and Los Angeles with remote-control typesetting machines.

He once stated "...I certainly do not advocate that the mind should be so open that the brains fall out".[6] Sulzberger is also credited with the quote: "We journalists tell the public which way the cat is jumping. The public will take care of the cat."

Political commitments

Sulzberger, a practicing Reform Jew, Sulzberger was an enthusiastic supporter of the American Council for Judaism, founded in June 1942 to oppose Zionism, giving it prominent coverage in his newspaper. In a 1946 speech, Sulzberger claimed that Zionism was to blame for some of the Jewish deaths in the Holocaust, and that the refugee crisis during the war had been “a manageable, social and economic problem” until “the clamor for statehood introduced an insoluable [sic] political element” into the issue. “It is my judgment that thousands dead might now be alive” if “the Zionists” had put “less emphasis on statehood”.[7]

His stand against Zionism and a Jewish state of Israel on principle has been accused by Laurel Leff of deliberately burying accounts of Nazi atrocities against Jews in the back pages of the Times. She alleges that Sulzberger went out of his way to play down the special victimhood of Jews and withheld support for specific rescue programs for European Jews.[8]

Personal life

In 1917, he married Iphigene Bertha Ochs, the daughter of Adolph Ochs and Effie Wise (the daughter of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise). They had four children: Marian Sulzberger Heiskell (born 1918), widow first of Times publisher Orvil Dryfoos and then of Time Inc. chairman Andrew Heiskell; Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg (1921—2017), publisher of the Chattanooga Times,[9] married and divorced from Ben Hale Golden; Judith Sulzberger Rosenschein Cohen Levinson (1923—2011), physician, married Matthew Rosenschein Jr. (divorced), Dick Cohen (divorced), and Budd Levinson; and Arthur Ochs Sulzberger (1926—2012).[10]

See also


  1. ^ "HAYS -".
  2. ^ "SEIXAS -".
  3. ^ "PEIXOTTO -".
  4. ^ "Mrs. Sulzberger's Final Rites Held". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Brooklyn, NY. 1938-02-11. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  5. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter S" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Sulzberger, Arthur Hays (1 January 1954). "Man's right to knowledge and the free use thereof". s.n. – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "New York Times Column on Anti-Zionism a Reminder of its Own Publisher's Past".
  8. ^ Novick, Peter (May 1, 2005). "Looking Back in Anger". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
  9. ^ Mcfadden, Robert D. (19 April 2017). "Ruth Sulzberger Holmberg, Newspaper Publisher, Dies at 96" – via
  10. ^ New York Magazine: "Children of the Times - Who’s who in the Ochs-Sulzberger clan" retrieved September 27, 2015
  • The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times, Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones, Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1999.
  • The Kingdom and the Power, Gay Talese, New York: Ivy Books, 1992.
  • The Story of The New York Times, Meyer Berger, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1951 (Reprinted, 1970).
  • Iphigene, I. O. Sulzberger, 1981.

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Business positions
Preceded by
Adolph Ochs
The New York Times Company Publisher
Succeeded by
Orvil Dryfoos
Adolph Ochs

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Arthur Golden

Arthur Sulzberger Golden (born December 6, 1956) is an American writer. He is the author of the bestselling novel Memoirs of a Geisha (1997).

Arthur Sulzberger

Arthur Sulzberger may refer to:

Arthur Hays Sulzberger (1891–1968), publisher of The New York Times from 1935 to 1961

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger (1926–2012), son of the above and publisher of The New York Times from 1963 to 1992

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. (born 1951), son of the above and publisher of The New York Times from 1992 to 2017

Arthur Gregg Sulzberger (born 1980), son of the above and publisher of The New York Times since 2018

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Buried by the Times

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The book is a critical account of The New York Times's coverage of Nazi atrocities against Jews that culminated in the Holocaust. It argues that the news was often buried in the back pages in part due to the view about Judaism of the paper's Jewish publisher, Arthur Hays Sulzberger. It also gives a critical look at the work of Times correspondents in Europe.

C. L. Sulzberger

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Judith Sulzberger

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Born into a prominent media and publishing family, Sulzberger became publisher of The New York Times in 1963 and chairman of the board of The New York Times Company in 1973. Sulzberger relinquished to his son, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., the office of publisher in 1992, and chairman of the board in 1997.


Sulzberger is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Arthur Hays Sulzberger (1891–1968), publisher of The New York Times from 1935 to 1961

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger (1926-2012), publisher of The New York Times from 1963 to 1992

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. (born 1951), publisher of The New York Times from 1992 to 2017

Arthur Gregg Sulzberger (born 1980), publisher of The New York Times starting January 1, 2018

Mayer Sulzberger (1843-1923), Philadelphia judge and Jewish communal leader

Cyrus Leo Sulzberger II (1912–1993) American journalist, diarist, and non-fiction writer

Marcel Sulzberger, (1876–1941) Swiss composer, pianist and music author

Jacob Sulzberger, Swiss engineer who was an expert in Mills

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