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with many aspects of the Jewish experience as well as works intended
for teachers.
L
ion
F
eu ch tw an g er
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Munich in 1884,
died in Pacific Palisades, California, December 21, 1958. Both a
successful dramatist and historical novelist in Germany, he also
devoted some of his writings tojewish themes. In English translation
there appeared
Power
(1 9 2 6 ) , a novel about Ju d Suess Op-
penheimer, the court Jew in 18th-century Germany, who was ulti­
mately executed, and who figured very much in the anti-Semitic
literature in Germany. Another work of Jewish interest was
The Jew
o f Rome
(1935 ), dealing with the Jewish historian Josephus. Another
work inspired by the biblical stories was
Jephta and his Daughter
(1958). He also wrote a number of novels based on the plight of the
Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.
M
oses
D
avid
G
aon
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Travnik, Yugo­
slavia,^ 1889, died in Jerusalem, October 8, 1958. In Palestine since
1909, he served as teacher and principal in elementary schools and
at times also in Smyrna and Buenos Aires. His major writings deal
with the history of the Jews in the Near East, both biographical and
bibliographical works. He also wrote a commentary on the
Me-Am
Lo'ez,
the important Ladino exegetical work on the Bible.
H
arold
L
ou is
G
in sb erg
.
80th birthday. Born in Montreal, Canada, De­
cember 6, 1903. For many years professor of Bible at the Jewish
Theological Seminary in New York, he has written studies on Daniel
and Ecclesiastes, including also a Hebrew commentary on the latter
book. He also has served as one of the editors of the new Bible
translation published in recent years under the auspices of the
Jewish Publication Society of America and as an editor of the biblical
department of th
e Encyclopaedia Juda ica .
He has also worked in the
field of Ugaritic studies, editing some of these texts in Hebrew.
N
ahum
N
o r b er t
G
la t z er
.
80th birthday. Born in Lemberg, Galicia,
March 25, 1903. Studying first in Frankfurt for the Orthodox rabbi­
nate, he eventually turned to secular Jewish scholarship under the
influence of Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig, who were living
in that city in the 1920s. After 1933 he taught at the Jewish high
school in Haifa, coming to this country in the 1940s, eventually
accepting a chair of Jewish studies at the newly founded Brandeis
University. His writings in German, Hebrew, and English deal with a
variety of Jewish subjects, now intended for use in college courses in
Jewish studies. Both in German and English he has presented an­
thologies of midrashim and prayers otherwise not easily accessible.
He is also the author of a definitive study on the thought of Franz
Rosenzweig.