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1887, died in New York in 1969. In the United States since 1905, he
was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary o f America, but
taught for many years at the Hebrew Theological College in
Chicago. In addition to Hebrew works on Jewish education and
educators he wrote
The Philosophy of Don Chasdai Crescas
(1920);
A
Handbook of Judaism (1947, 1953); and Judaism, Religion and Ethics
(1958). His most important work, however, is the multi-volume
His­
tory ofJewishLiterature
(1930, 1938,1960). It opened up the treasures
o f the Jewish past to the English reader.
D a v id W e r b e l o w s k i .
50th anniversary o f death. Born in Eydtkuhnen,
Germany, in 1878, died in Brooklyn, N.Y., September 17, 1937. He
joined his father in the Jewish publishing firm in New York, which
eventually became known as the Hebrew Publishing Company. It
published an edition o f Isaac Leeser’s English Bible translation, also
a revised translation o f Heinrich Graetz’s
History of theJews.
But the
major significance o f this publishing house was in the countless edi­
tions o f Hebrew prayerbooks and textbooks that served American
Jewry for many years.
A r n o l d Z w e i g .
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in Gross-Glogau,
Germany, November 10, 1887, died in Berlin in 1968.
A
major Ger­
man writer, who achieved great popularity with a series o f novels
centering around World War I, he always identified himself as a
Jew, although few o f his works had Jewish themes. For a while he
edited a Zionist newspaper in Berlin, also wrote some introductions
to Jewish art books and published some pro-Zionist essays. His one
novel o fJewish interest,
De Vriendt GoesHome (
1933), is based on the
tragic end o f the disillusioned Dutch Zionist Jacob De Haan. From
1933-1948 he lived in Palestine, but could not adjust to his sur­
roundings. He returned to East Germany, where he was made presi­
dent o f the National Academy o f Arts, and his works were issued in
numerous editions.