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Jacob ben Asher. His collected responsa shed considerable light
on the history of the East European Jews of his time.
H
enry
S
ho sh k e s
.
70th birthday. Born in Bialystok, Russia, May
1, 1891. Before the Second World War, he was a prominent ex-
ecutive in the cooperative movement in Poland. There he wrote
a great deal about his specialty in Polish and Yiddish. Since com-
ing to this country in 1939, he has been active in Jewish affairs
and has published several books in Yiddish about his world-wide
travel experiences.
S
ir
L
eon
S
im o n
.
80th birthday. Born in Southampton, Eng-
land, July 11, 1881. A high official in the British postal service, he
devoted his leisure to Zionism and to Jewish literary endeavors.
He translated a selection of Ahad Haam’s essays into English and
several of Plato’s Dialogues into Hebrew.
O
sias
T
h o n
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Lwow (Lem-
berg), Galicia, 1870, died in Cracow, Poland, November 11, 1936.
Liberal rabbi, Zionist leader and Polish parliamentarian, he wrote
thousands of articles mainly on Zionism and contemporary Jewish
affairs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish and German. Together with
Bialik he founded Tarbut, the world organization for Hebrew
culture.
Harry Torczyner (Naph ta li Herz Tur-Sinai). 75th birthday.
Born in Lwow (Lemberg), Galicia, November
13, 1886.
Bialik
professor of Hebrew philology at the Hebrew University, presi-
dent of the Academy of the Hebrew Language, he has made
significant contributions to the study of the Bible and the Hebrew
language. Recently the second edition of his German Bible trans-
lation appeared in Israel, as well as the concluding volumes of
the Hebrew dictionary begun by Eliezer Ben-Yehudah over 50
years ago and continued by Torczyner.
R
obert
W
elt sch
.
70th birthday. Born in Prague, June 20, 1891.
Zionist journalist, he was editor of the
Judische Rundschau
in
Berlin and is now London correspondent of the Tel-Aviv daily
Haaretz
as well as one of the editors of the Leo Baeck Institute
publications which cover the field of German Jewish history.
P
eter
W
iern ick
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Vilna,
Lithuania, March 1865, died in Brooklyn, N. Y., February 12,
1936. A pioneer Yiddish journalist, he was editor-in-chief of the
Jewish Morn ing Journal
and also wrote a work in English,
The
H istory of the Jews in America.
In his writings he advocated
Americanization of the immigrants without abandoning religious
tradition.
S
h l o m o
Z
em a c h
.
75th birthday. Born in Plonsk, Poland, June
2, 1886. One of the founders of Hapoel Hatzair, who settled in
Palestine in the early part of the century, he became an agronom­