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Georgetown University in Washington. He has been a most prolific
writer on modern history and politics, particularly about the Soviet
Union. Among his writings of Jewish interest are:
The Road to J e ­
rusalem
(1968), dealing with the causes of the Six-Day War;
A His­
tory o f Zionism
(1972, 1989);
The Israel-Arab Reader
(1969, 1985),
a collection of source materials on the subject; and
Breaking the
Silence
(1986), revealing the identity of the German businessman
who first alerted the world to the Holocaust.
J
acob
L
estsch insky
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Horodicz,
Russia, in 1876, died in Jerusalem, March 21, 1966. A Jewish ed­
ucator, who early became interested in the economic history of
the Jews, he published throughout his life studies on Jewish de­
mography, economics, and migration movements. For many years
he was associated with the
Jewish Daily Forward
in New York as
Berlin correspondent. In the 1940s and 50s he lived in New York
before settling in Israel. Most of his works were written in Yiddish,
some in Hebrew, others in German. In English there appeared
Balance Sheet of Extermination
(1946) and
Crisis, Catastrophe and Sur­
vival
(1948), a longer view of the Jewish position in modern times.
L
ee
J.
L
evinger
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Burke, Idaho,
in 1890, died in Los Altos, California, July 1, 1966. Ordained as
a Reform rabbi at the Hebrew Union College, he served as chap­
lain during World War I. His experiences he related in
A Jewish
Chaplain in France
(1921). He later served as Hillel director at Ohio
State University and finally as chaplain of a veterans hospital in
California. He wrote several religious school textbooks, the most
popular being
A History of the Jews in the United States,
which from
1930 to 1961 passed through 20 editions.
C
almann
vy
.
100th anniversary of death. Born in Pfalzburg, Lor­
raine, in 1819, died in Paris, France, June 18, 1891. Together
with his brother, he founded one of the most successful publishing
houses in France. Among his authors were Lamartine, Balzac, and
Renan. Recently the correspondence of the latter with his pub­
lisher was brought out for the first time; also a history of the firm,
which still exists, was published, and a special exhibition on the
occasion of its 150th anniversary was mounted by the Bibliotheque
Nationale. The firm has also published books of Jewish interest.
S
ol
L
iptz in
.
90th birthday. Born in Satanov, Russia, July 27, 1901.
Coming to this country as a child, he studied German literature,
eventually becoming professor and head of the German depart­
ment at the City College of New York. He settled in Israel after
his retirement, where he continued to teach at various universities.
While first devoting his studies to German literature in general,
he later concentrated on German Jewish writers
(Richard Beer-