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turies.
The Jews in the World of the Renaissance
(1973) concentrates on
Italy. Most recently he has undertaken to write the multi-volume
History of the Jewish People
(vol. 1: Antiquity; vol. 2: Early Middle
Ages, 1982).
I
saac
B
ashevis
S
inger
. 80th birthday. Born in Radzymin, Poland, July
14, 1904. Scion of a rabbinic family, brother of I .J. Singer, a well-
known Yiddish novelist, he absorbed both religious and secular tra­
ditions and was already accepted as a serious Yiddish writer when he
came to this country in 1935. He became a contributor to the
Jewish
Daily Forward,
where many of his novels and short stories appeared
in serial form, before being translated into English. It was Saul Bel­
low who first translated some of his stories into English and thus
introduced him to a wider public. In 1974 his career was capped by
winning the Nobel Prize for literature, having won previously sev­
eral other awards. He is primarily a storyteller, some of whose
themes deal with the supernatural. His stories for children have also
proved popular.
B
e n jam in
T
e n e
.
70th birthday. Born inWarsawDecember 15, 1914. He
has been living in Israel since 1937. His literary works include both
poetry and prose, also several books for children, as he has served as
editor of a children’s magazine. One of his juvenile works was
recently published in English translation,
In the Shade of the Chestnut
Tree
(1981). He likewise has translated many classics and story
books from other languages into Hebrew.
Joshua Trachtenberg. 25th anniversary of death. Born in London in
1904, died in Teaneck, New Jersey, September 14, 1959. An early
immigrant to the United States, he became a Reform rabbi, serving
in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Teaneck, NewJersey. His major works
were
Jewish Magic and Superstition
(1939) and
The Devil and theJews
(1943), a work dealing with the negative conception of the Jews in
the medieval period and its effect on modern anti-Semitism.
Con­
sider the Years
(1944, 1973) was a history of the Jewish community of
Easton and of his congregation.
J
a ko b
W
a s s e rm a n n
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Fuerth,
Germany, in 1873, died in Vienna, Austria, January 1, 1934. A
popular German novelist in the 20th century, he also dealt withJew­
ish themes, such as
The Pilgrimage
(1933) inwhich he used the myths
and stories about the Jews in his native region.
My Life as German and
Jew
(1933), more than a decade after its original German edition,
advocated assimilation and rejected Zionism categorically.
J
a co b
J
e c h i e l
W
e in b e r g
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Pilwishki,
Lithuania, December 1, 1884, died in Montreux, Switzerland, in
1966. After a traditional education in his native community, he
eventually came to Germany where he obtained an academic educa­
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