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a lm a n
c h o c k e n
25th anniversary of death. Born in Margoni
Germany, in 1877, died in Switzerland, August 6, 1959. Founder o
a chain of department stores in Germany, he displayed throughou
his life an abiding interest in everything Jewish and supported gen
erously all Jewish cultural endeavors. In the early 1920’s he mad
Shmuel Yosef Agnon, the future Nobel Prize winner, financiall
independent, and also supported the newGerman Bible translatio
of Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig. Leaving Germany durin
the Hitler period for Palestine, he left behind some funds to estab
lish the Schocken Publishing House in Berlin, which in the year
between 1933 and 1938, when much of Jewish activity came to a
end, published a series of highly acclaimed Jewish books. In Israe
he supported the Hebrew University, established an importan
Hebrew publishing house, and acquired the daily
which i
considered a major independent organ in Israeli journalism. H
likewise established a publishing house in New York, which ha
become quite successful.
h in
h a lo m
80th birthday. Born in Parczew, Poland, December 19
1904. Since 1922 in Palestine, where his hasidic family established
settlement, he taught in the Israeli school system and publishe
numerous works, principally poetry. He isconsidered at present on
of the major living Hebrew poets. Many of his poems have been se
to music, and one of his works became the basis of one of the fe
Hebrew operas. In English translation there appeared
Storm ove
(1967), a collection of autobiographical stories.
alm an
h n e o u r
25th anniversary of death. Born in Shklov, Russia, i
1887, died in New York, December 29, 1959. A writer in bot
Hebrew and Yiddish, he spent the first 20 years of his life in Russia
in part in the literary centers of Odessa, Warsaw, and Vilna. Later
he lived in Germany, France, and the United States, spending th
last years of his life in Israel. Both his prose and poetry proved ver
popular. Best known in English is the novel,
Noah Pandre
translated from the Yiddish. Its hero is far removed from the usua
shtetl types, but is rather a fearless man, involved in all kinds o
adventures, triumphing over all obstacles.
o ses
h u l v a s s
75th birthday. Born in Plonsk, Poland, July 29
1909. He studied in Germany and lived for a number of years i
Palestine before coming to this country, where he has served as pro
fessor at the Spertus College ofJewish Studies in Chicago. His work
have appeared in German, Hebrew, and English, mostly devoted t
medieval and modern Jewish history in Europe.
Between the Rhin
and the Bosporus
(1964) is a collection of articles on various aspects o
Jewish history.
From East to West
(1971) deals with the migrations o
the Jews from Eastern Europe to Germany in the 17th and 18thcen