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JEW ISH BOOK ANNUAL
on German models. First published in 1822-29, they were reprinted
in 1869. He also translated Leopold Zunz’s biography of Rashi into
Hebrew and contributed to the Haskalah journals
Bikkure ha-Ittim
and
Kerem Hemed.
M
a x
B
r o d
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Prague, then Austria,
now Czechoslovakia, May 15, 1884, died in Tel Aviv in 1968. A pro­
lific writer in German, both in fiction and essay, he was always inter­
ested in his Jewish heritage and as an early Zionist, settled in
Palestine in 1939. Many of his works of fiction had Jewish themes,
such as
Reubeni
(English ed. 1928). His major work on Judaism was
Paganism, Christianity, Judaism
(1970), in which he traced the pro­
gressive development of man’s religious beliefs. He is best remem­
bered as the editor of the works of Franz Kafka, who had wanted to
destroy his writings at the time of his death. Brod contravened this
wish and thus was responsible for rescuing the work of a major
20th-century writer from oblivion. He devoted several books to
Kafka’s biography. He also wrote on Heinrich Heine. In Israel he
served as dramatic adviser to Habimah, the Tel-Aviv theater.
SAUL C
h a je s
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Brody, Galicia, May
15, 1884, died in Vienna, Austria, in 1935. A librarian in the Jewish
community library of Vienna, he is best remembered for a lexicon of
pseudonyms used by Hebrew writers. He also prepared
bibliographies of several Jewish scholars.
E
l l i o t
E . C
o h e n
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in New York in 1899,
died there May 28, 1959. He is best remembered as an editor of the
ContemporaryJewish Record
(1938-1945) and the first editor of
Com­
mentary
which immediately followed this earlier journal, both spon­
sored by the AmericanJewish Committee. He helped make
Commen­
tary
a major force in American Jewish intellectual life.
S
a m u e l
S.
C
o h o n
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Minsk, Russia, in
1888, died in Los Angeles, Cal., August 22, 1959. Coming to this
country as a young man, he was ordained at the Hebrew Union
College, where he returned to teach Jewish theology after serving in
the active rabbinate for a number of years. During his last years he
was associated with the Los Angeles School of the College. He was
among those Reform rabbis who steered this movement toward
greater appreciation of the older tradition. He was instrumental in
preparing the
Union Haggadah
(1923), which passed through many
printings and was not superseded until the 1970’s by a new revision.
A very popular work of his was
What We Jews Believe
(1931, 1971).
More scholarly presentations were
Judaism, a Way of Life
(1948) and
Jewish Theology
(1971).
BENZION DlNUR.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Chorol, Ukraine,
January 11, 1884, died inJerusalem in 1973. Having received a tra­