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JEWISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES, 1962
By
T h e o d o r e W i e n e r
A
NY compilation such as this is bound to be found wanting
by some who will recall many an honored name that should
have been included but, alas, is missing. We have no illusion
about being complete, yet we are glad if we can make amends.
Last year we omitted the anniversary of Charles Edward Bloch,
who would have been 100 years old on December 22, 1961.
Born in Cincinnati, he entered his father’s business, the Bloch
Publishing Company, founded in 1854. It was he who transferred
it to New York in 1901, insuring its survival and making it
probably the oldest Jewish publishing house in existence today.
In addition to the large number of books it has published, this
firm has earned the gratitude of all Jewish book lovers through
the
Bloch Book Bulletin,
the most extensive survey of current
Jewish books.
In connection with this anniversary, we include in this year’s
list Borys Kletzkin and David Werbelowsky, the former an out­
standing figure in the Yiddish publishing field in Europe, the
latter performing a similar function in America for Hebrew
works.
As journals and newspapers also represent a cooperative ven­
ture like that of the publishers, we might mention here the
the
Jewish Exponent,
Philadelphia, among still existing period­
icals, and Geiger’s
Judische Zeitschrift fur Wissenschaft und
Leben
and
Ha-Zefirah,
of a by-gone era.
Of particular significance are the centenaries of Morris Rosen-
feld and Moses Hess’
Rome and Jerusalem.
Whereas Rosenfeld
expressed the rebellion of the poor in his poetry, Hess pointed
a new path toward the Jew’s self-realization. Thus, both were trail
blazers of the Jewish renaissance we have witnessed in our day.
Chronological List
January: 7,
Judische Zeitschrift filr Wissenschaft und L eben ;
8, Samuel Cahen; 9, Liebmann Adler; 16, Zisho Landau;
21, Moses Hess; 31, Ascher Sammter.
February: 4,
Ha-Zefirah;
12, Philip D. Bookstaber; 16, Georg
Caro, Abraham Cronbach; 28, Berthold Auerbach.
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