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Called by Time magazine in the 1950s the “fastest man with a fragment,” Milik was assigned the largest hoard of fragments from Cave 4. Milik proved more productive than his colleagues, but his publications tapered off sharply in the 1970s, leaving him with the largest group of unpublished texts. Under international pressure, Milik released many of his texts to younger scholars and, according to Strugnell, was in effect squeezed off the editorial team after Strugnell’s ouster as chief editor. Strugnell bitterly resented the treatment accorded Milik. “He wasn’t expelled, but he was harassed [off the team],” Strugnell says, adding, “This man has more sensitivity for these materials in one of his fingers than any of that group [of new editors].”