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during his stay in New York. His novels are distinguished by
individuality of characterization. In his humor the influence
of his father-in-law, Sholom Aleichem, whose works he translated
into Hebrew, is quite noticeable.
S
imon
B
er n f e ld
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Stanis-
lawow, Galicia, January 6, 1860, died in Berlin, March 8, 1940.
Trained for the Liberal rabbinate in Berlin, he served as rabbi
of the Sephardic community in Belgrade, Serbia, for a number
of years before settling in Berlin, where he wrote scholarly and
popular works on Jewish history and thought in both Hebrew
and German. In his Hebrew writings he endeavored to present
the results of western scholarship to the Jews of eastern Europe.
A Bible translation and the compendium of Jewish thought,
Die Lehren des Judentums
(English translation, The Teachings
of Judaism ), which he edited with the help of outstanding
German Jewish scholars, stand out among his German writings.
F
isch el
B
im ko
.
70th birthday. Born in Kielce, Poland, Decem­
ber 28, 1890. Yiddish playwright and short-story writer, now liv­
ing in the United States, his writing is distinguished by a good
sense of reality and a diction drawn from authentic folk idiom.
His most successful play,
Ganovim,
was performed more than
30,000 times on Yiddish stages throughout the world.
S
imon
B
lo ch
.
150th anniversary of birth. Born in Reichshofen,
Lower Alsace, France, August 10, 1810, died in Paris, March 22,
1879. French Jewish writer, founder of the periodical
Univers
Israelite.
M
a x
B
rod
.
75th birthday. Born in Prague, May 27, 1884.
Although best known in recent years as the biographer and
interpreter of Franz Kafka, he is the author of a number of
novels, some with a Jewish background, like David. Reubeni,
which was translated from the original German into English.
A life-long Zionist, he has lived in Israel for the past twenty
years, where some of his writings have appeared in Hebrew
translation.
A
braham
C
ahan
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Pod-
berezhie, Russia, July 7, 1860, died in New York, August 31,
1951. Socialist leader and journalist, he is best known as the
editor-in-chief of the
Jewish Daily Forward,
the largest Yiddish
daily in America. In addition to an autobiography and other
works in Yiddish, his principal English book is the novel,
The
Rise of David Levinsky.
Simon Dubnow. 100th anniversary of birth. Born in Mtislavl,
Russia, September 18, 1860, killed by the Nazis in Riga, Decem­
ber 8, 1941.
A
Jewish historian, he championed a non-Zionist
cultural nationalism in his 10 volume Jewish history, written in