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WIENER /JEW ISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES
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him toward the Hibbat Zion movement. Many of his works were
translated into Hebrew and Yiddish.
S
hemarya
L
ev in
.
50th anniversary o f death. Born in Svisloch, Russia, in
1867, died in Haifa, Palestine, June 9, 1935. A lifelong Zionist, he
was an eloquent speaker in many languages, arousing the interest of
the Jewish masses in the movement for rebuilding Palestine. Very
popular were his autobiographical works,
Childhood in Exile
(1929 ,
1975),
Youth in Revolt
(1930 , 1975), and
The Arena
(1932 , 1975). An
abridgment of these works appeared in one volume under the title,
Forward from Exile
(1967).
M
oshe
L
e ib
L
il ien b lum
.
75th anniversary of death. Born in Kedainiai,
Lithuania, in 1843, died in Odessa, Russia, February 12 ,1910 . A vig­
orous advocate of the Haskalah in his younger years, he later de­
spaired of ever seeing the Jews integrated into non-Jewish societies.
Even immigration to America seemed to provide no solution. Thus
he became an early advocate of immigration to Palestine with the
understanding that Jews should secure rights to local autonomy
from the Sultan of Turkey. In addition to his political writings in
Hebrew and Yiddish, he also wrote a criticism of modern Hebrew
literature. One of his pamphlets appeared in English,
The Regenera­
tion of Israel in the Land of His Forefathers
(188-).
MORDECAI L
ipson
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Bialystok,
Poland, April 27, 1885, died in Tel-Aviv in 1958. He came to this
country in 1913 and edited several Hebrew periodicals, including
the Hebrew daily
Ha-Doar,
which soon became a weekly. In 1930 he
settled in Palestine and edited the daily
Ha-Zofeh.
He made contribu­
tions to folklore literature and translated extensively from Yiddish
into Hebrew.
E
phraim
E. LlSlTZKY.
100 anniversary of birth. Born in Minsk, Russia,
January 31, 1885, died in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1962. In this
country since 1900, he eventually became principal of the Hebrew
school in New Orleans. In his Hebrew poetry he deals with the
American South, the unique situation of the blacks and the position
o f the Jews in the small towns, which he contrasts unfavorably with
the rich religious life of the shtetl. In English translation his
autobiography,
In the Grip of Cross-Currents
(1959), offers a unique
view of a Jew transplanted from Eastern Europe to the strange sur­
roundings of the New World.
B
en
-Z
ion
L
ur ia
.
80th birthday. Born in Bialystok, Poland, November
4 ,
1905. In Palestine since 1925, he has written Hebrew works on the
geography of Palestine and also prepared many maps for the his­
tory of the country. His historical studies deal mainly with the pe­
riod of antiquity. He is editor of the quarterly journal of biblical
studies,
Beth Mikra.