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W IENER /JEW ISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES
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Sziget, Hungary, September 26, 1889, died in Columbus, Ohio,
in 1955. An Orthodox rabbi, who occupied a pulpit in Columbus
for many years, he wrote mainly about the history o f the Jews
and Judaism in his native Hungary, mainly in Hebrew and Yid­
dish. He also contributed some monographs on individual rabbis.
An important service to traditional Jews was a handbook on the
traditional Jewish mourning customs.
A
l e x a n d e r
H
a r k a v y
.
50th anniversary o f death. Born in Novogroduk,
Russia, in 1863, died in New York, November 27, 1939. In New
York since 1881, he found his niche in preparing useful literature
for his fellow immigrants, whether it was dictionaries or letter-
writers in the old and new language, translations o f multi-volume
histories o f the world into Yiddish, popular histories o f America,
and the like. He even wrote a textbook for bookkeepers in Yiddish.
His
Yiddish-English-Hebrew Dictionary,
first issued in 1925, is sched­
uled to be reprinted this year. He also edited
The Holy Scriptures,
Revised in Accordance with Jewish Tradition and Modern Biblical Schol­
arship
(1939).
B
e n j a m i n
H
a r t o g e n s i s
.
50th anniversary o f death. Born in Baltimore,
Maryland, in 1865, died there, July 13, 1939. A prominent lawyer
in his native city, he was active in Jewish life and was particularly
interested in the American Jewish Historical Society. His writings
were concerned with religious liberty and with marriage laws as
they affected the religious practice o f the Jews. Posthumously there
appeared
Studies in the History o f Maryland
(1940), in which the
relatively late granting o f equal rights to Jews in that state was
also dealt with.
D
a v i d
H
o f s t e i n
.
100th anniversary o f birth. Born in the Ukraine,
June 24, 1889, died in Moscow in 1952. A Yiddish poet who wel­
comed the Bolshevik Revolution, he became disillusioned in the
1920s, when Hebrew and Zionism were being suppressed. For
some time he lived in Palestine, but returned to Russia when the
atmosphere seemed to improve. Soon again, however, repression
set in, and he became an obedient servant o f the Party. This, how­
ever, did not save him from being executed with several other
Jewish writers in 1952. Later on he was rehabilitated, and some
o f his works were reissued in the Soviet Union. Other collections
have been published in Israel and the U.S. He also translated Rus­
sian poetry into Yiddish.
I
s a a c
H
u s i k
.
50th anniversary o f death. Born in Vasseutinez, Ukraine,
in 1876, died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 22, 1939. He
came to Philadelphia in 1888 to prepare himself for the rabbinate,
but went into Jewish scholarship instead. His major work,
A History
of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
(1916, 1940, 1958), provided the first