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WIENER /JEWISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES
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I
gnatz
J
e it t e l e s
.
200th anniversary of birth. Born in Prague September
13, 1783, died in Vienna in 1843. A member of a prominent Jewish
family in Prague, he was for a time associated with the German
Haskalah periodical,
Sulamith,
although he later became estranged
from Judaism like many other members of his family. Of general
interest was his two-volume German dictionary of esthetics.
A
aron
A
braham
K
a ba k
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Smorgon,
Russia, December 28 , 1883, died in Jerusalem in 1944. After study­
ing in Europe, he came to Palestine after World War I and taught in
various high schools there. He wrote numerous stories and longer
novels that dealt with the contemporary Jewish scene from the
Zionist point of view. For that reason he was criticized for simply
presenting propaganda literature. Two of his works were translated
into English,
The Narrow Path, the Man ofNazareth
(1968), conceiving
of Jesus as a Jewish individualist, and
Shelomo Molho
(1973), a bio­
graphical novel about the 16th-century false Messiah.
A
braham
I
saac
K
a t sh
.
75th birthday. Born in Indura, Poland, August 10,
1908. For many years he taught at New York University and later at
Dropsie University, serving as its president. In addition to bringing
microfilms of Hebrew manuscripts from Eastern Europe to this
country after World War II, making important Jewish research
material available to a wide circle of Jewish scholars, he has written
on Jewish subjects both on a popular and on an advanced level.
There have been several editions of a Bar-Mitzvah book, studies on
the influence of the Bible on American democracy, on the influence
of Judaism on Islam, as well as more specialized works, such as
editions of old Rabbinic texts. He also has organized an Association
of Professors of Hebrew at American Universities.
B
en
-Z
ion
K
a t z
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Daugi, Russia, in
1875, died in Tel-Aviv, February 2, 1958. A Hebrew journalist and
historian in Russia, Germany, and Israel, he wrote for the major
periodicals of his period, but dealt also on a more profound level
with Jewish history and religion, past and present. Some of his
articles were collected in books, grouped around the history of
ancient Jewish sects and the history of early modern Judaism from
the 16th to the 19th centuries. He also published articles on Russian
Jewry which likewise were collected in a volume.
J
oseph
K
lau sn er
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Olkienik, Russia, in
1874, died in Jerusalem , October 27, 1958. After studying in Ger­
many, he returned to Eastern Europe and for many years edited
Ha-Shiloah,
the highly respected Hebrew journal established by
Ahad Ha’am. After World War I he emigrated to Palestine and
became professor of modern Hebrew literature at the Hebrew Uni­
versity. His numerous publications are devoted to Jewish history,