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modern Hebrew literature, and early Christianity. In English trans­
lation we have
Jesus of Nazareth
(1925 ), an unusual departure for a
nationalist Jew to write a biography of Jesus,
A History of Modern
Hebrew Literature
(1938 , repr. 1972),
Menahem Ussishkin
(1943 ), a
monograph on the noted Zionist leader published shortly after his
death,
From Jesus to Paul
(1943), and
The Messianic Idea in Israel
(1955).
G
eorge
A
l e xand er
K
o h u t
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Hungary
in 1874, died in New York, December 31, 1933. He came with his
family to America, his father, Alexander Kohut, having been a rabbi
and scholar. For a number of years he followed in his father’s
footsteps, but later abandoned the rabbinate for the field of educa­
tion, establishing a private school for boys and teaching and adminis­
tering various other private institutions. He wrote many articles on
the history of the Jews in the United States. Larger works
are Early
Jewish Literature in America
(1895
), Jewish Martyrs of the Inquisition in
South America
(1895 ), and^4
Hebrew Anthology
(1913), a collection of
English prose and poetry using the Bible as its principal theme. In
addition to publishing a bibliography of his father’s works, he also
established the Alexander Kohut Memorial Foundation, which sub­
sidized many worthwhile Jewish scholarly studies.
I
sra el
K
on ov itz
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Jassy, Rumania, in
1871, died in Trenton , N.J., July 1 ,1 9 5 8 . Throughout his life he was
active inJewish education, first in Rumania, then in this country. His
major contribution to Jewish scholarship has been anthologies of
classic rabbinic works centering around individual sages, such as
Rabbi Akiba and others, since the Talmudic and Midrashic material
attributed to them is scattered in the vast sea of the Talmud and the
Midrashic collections.
F
ish el
L
achow er
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Chorzele, Poland,
November 18, 1883, died in Tel-Aviv in 1947. In Palestine since
1927, he devoted most of his literary work to an analysis of modern
Hebrew literature. There appeared several editions of his Hebrew
history of modern Hebrew literature, beginning with the 18th cen­
tury. Numerous monographs on individual writers, such as Bialik,
are also among his contributions. His work is generally considered to
be of a high order.
F
ranz
L
andsberger
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Kattowitz, Ger­
many, June 14, 1883, died in Cincinnati in 1964. Until 1933 he had
been professor of art history at the University of Breslau. After his
dismissal by the Nazis, he became director of the Jewish Museum in
Berlin, emigrating to this country in 1939 to teach Jewish art at the
Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. Here he wrote
A History of
Jewish Art
(1946 , reprint 1973),
Rembrandt, the Jews, and the Bible