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S UMM A R Y
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N FEBRUARY 7, 1960, Philip Friedman, noted Jewish his-
torian and an Associate Editor of the Jewish Book Annual,
passed away. Known first of all as the historian of the blood bath
which drowned one-third of the Jewish people, Dr. Friedman
will live on in the annals of Jewish life. His entire family was
destroyed but he escaped the Nazi holocaust by living under-
ground for five years in German occupied Poland. After the war
he served as the director of the Central Jewish Historical Com-
mission in Poland. He collected eye-witness accounts of the tragic
experiences of the Jews and developed a monumental bibliogra-
phy of the
Hurban
literature. Two published volumes,
Their
Brothers’ Keepers
and
Martyrs and Fighters,
narrate the role of
many heroes of this period; the former volume documented the
help and generosity extended by non-Jews in Germany and Cen-
tral Europe to their persecuted neighbors.
In the first period of his scientific endeavor, up to World War
II, he was one of the prominent historiographers of Polish Jewry;
his sub-area of major concentration was his native Galicia and
Lodz, his adopted city. In the United States, Dr. Friedman
served as director of the Jewish Teachers Seminary and taught
history at Columbia University. He was a member of the Com-
mission on Research of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research
and the director of the division of bibliography of the Yivo-Yad
Vashem project. His warm personality and high idealism en-
deared him to all his students and colleagues.