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this purpose. Some years after the Russian Revolution he settled
first in Warsaw and in 1937 in New York. In his writings he dealt
with the major Yiddish authors, Mendele, Peretz, Sholem Aleichem,
Opatoshu, and his relative, the martyred Soviet writer, David
Bergelson. He likewise edited the correspondence o f these men and
various anthologies o f their works.
Y i g a l M o s s in s o h n .
70th birthday. Born in Ein Ganim, Israel, December
25, 1917.
He
is the author o f a large number o f stories and plays that
have been performed in Israel and also a great number o f children’s
stories that proved quite popular. In English there appeared
Judas, a
Novel
(1963), based on the life o f Judas Iscariot.
J o se ph O p a t o s h u .
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Mlave, Poland,
January 1, 1887, died in New York in 1954. In the United States
since 1907, he presented Jewish life in Eastern Europe not in ideal­
ized form, but as it appeared in reality. An early success was a story
about a Jewish horse thief.
In Polish Woods
(1938) deals with Jewish
life in Poland during the first half o f the nineteenth century.
The Last
Revolt, the Story o f Rabbi Akiba
(1952) paints a vivid picture o f that
period. Both volumes were translations from the Yiddish.
D a n i e l P e r sk y .
100th anniversary o f birth and 25th anniversary o f
death. Born in Minsk, Russia, August 8, 1887, died in New York,
March 15, 1962. In America since 1906, he spent most o f his time as
teacher o f Hebrew at the Herzlia Teachers College in New York and
published numerous text-books and children’s books, also Hebrew
children’s magazines. For many years he was a regular contributor
to the Hebrw weekly
Hadoar.
In English there appeared
Speak
Hebrew, a Conversational Manual o f Israeli Colloquial Hebrew
(1950).
For a number o f years he contributed the listing o f Hebrew books
published in this country to this
Annual.
W. Guen the r P lau t . 75th birthday. Born in Muenster, Germany,
November 1, 1912. After studying law in Germany, he changed his
career plan to the rabbinate following the rise o f Hitler and attended
the liberal rabbinical seminary in Berlin before transferring to the
Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati. He has served as rabbi in St.
Paul, Minnesota, and for many years in Toronto, Canada. The
former community stimulated him to write the history o f his congre­
gation,
Mount Zion, 1856-1956
(1957) and
The Jews in Minnesota
(1959). An important text is the two-volume
The Rise o f ReformJuda­
ism
(1963-65), also
The Casefo r the Chosen People
(1965; also translated
into Hebrew). The popularization o f Bible study has been his special
concern.
The Book o f Proverbs
(1961) preceded his massive commen­
tary,
The Torah
(1974-81), which is considered a major achievement.
He also has written an autobiography
(UnfinishedBusiness,
1981) and