Born in Worms in 1881, Nathan Stein was a lawyer and co-owner of the Strauss banking house in Karlsruhe. Between 1923 and 1933, he was a professor of economics at the Technische Hochschule in Karlsruhe. He presided over the Oberrat der Israeliten Badens from 1922 until 1936, and was a member of the Reichsvertretung der Juden in Deutschland between 1933 and 1937. He emigrated from Germany to Switzerland in 1937 and to the United States in 1939. He was the president of the American Federation of Jews from Central Europe from 1946 to 1952. Stein died in New York in 1966.
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Memorial plaque for Rabbi Alexander Stein, Leo Baeck Institute, 2013.011.