Letters, the Week of April 13, 2017


The History of David Werner Amram

Your article on Mr. Boonin’s talk reported that he said that in 1897, the Exponent had identified “a man named David Werner Amram, a member of Krakower who is also buried at Mount Carmel” as the purchaser of the grounds (“Talk on Antiquity of Mount Carmel Illuminates Cemetery’s History,” March 16). He also said that the cemetery was later owned by Philip Amram, whom he guessed was David Amram’s son.

I can confirm that Philip was David’s son. David Werner Amram was a distinguished lawyer who probably became interested in the affairs of Krakower by acting as its attorney. His father had immigrated to Savannah, Ga., from Echte, Germany as part of the wave of German immigrants to this country before the Civil War. David became a lawyer and taught at the Penn Law School for many years.

David wrote many legal books, including a manual for teaching law that was widely used for many years. In 1897, he was living at 1717 N. Eighth St. He later lived on Magnolia Street and then in Mount Airy before purchasing a farm in Feasterville.

His son, Philip, was born in 1900. He attended Penn and its law school, where he taught classes in procedure while working as a partner in the old Wolf Block law firm. He and Dean Herbert Goodrich — later a federal judge — started Goodrich Amram, a loose-leaf service on Pennsylvania court procedure. Philip chaired the Pennsylvania Procedural Rules Committee for many years.

At the outbreak of World War II, Philip moved to Washington, D.C., to provide his legal expertise to the federal government. He was active in the Nuremberg trials and tried and won the United States’ claim for the assets that I.G. Farben had tried to conceal in 1939 through a fraudulent transfer to Standard Oil of New Jersey. He remained there after the war, practicing with his own firm.

Robert S. Price | West Mount Airy

Process of Peace Has Surpassed Peace Itself

If Albert Einstein was correct when he defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, surely there is no better example than the so called Middle East peace process (“Left-Wing Jewish Groups Ramp Up Protests of Trump’s Israel Policies and Nominee in DC,” Feb. 23).

For nearly 70 years, statesmen and officials, including our own, have declared devotion to a negotiated settlement between Israel and its Arab neighbors as the only path to a durable peace. Just as quickly, they have dismissed Arab transgressions and brought forth their own models. In their pious dedication to the peace process, process has surpassed peace, and Palestinian Arabs’ fabrications have become alternative facts.

Arab concessions are pointless, since this year’s concession will be next year’s truth.

Until diplomats impress on the Arabs that they are accountable for their actions, and the only road to peace goes through Israel’s capital in Jerusalem, there will just be more process and photo ops, but no peace.

John R. Cohn | Center City


  1. I am writing a book about my husband Henri Dorra and know that he was the assistant director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1961 to 1962. He was a good friend of the late Emily Amram. I know her daughter Annie Winkelman and her doctor husband were friends of his. Please help me find these two.


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