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W IENER/JEWISH LITERARY ANNIVERSARIES
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H
arry
S
imonhoff
.
25th anniversary of death. Born in Lithuania, died
in Miami Beach, Florida, October 4, 1966. In the United States
since 1896, he became a lawyer, practicing in Miami and taking
an active interest in Jewish community life there. He wrote several
works on American Jewish history:
Jewish Notables in America,
1776-1865
(1956),
Saga o f American Jewry, 1865-1914
(1959), and
Jewish Participants in the Civil War
(1963). He also wrote
Under
Strange Skies
(1953), about Jewish life outside the United States,
and two novels,
The Chosen One
(1964), about the 16th century
Messianic pretender Solomon Molcho, and a biblical novel,
And
Abraham Journeyed,
published posthumously in 1967.
M
oses
S
ister
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Kamenets-Podolsk,
Russia, December 8, 1891. In the interwar period he taught Bible
at the liberal rabbinical seminary in Berlin, later at the Kibbutz
teachers institutes in Tel-Aviv and Oranim. He published several
books of biblical studies, adopting in part a Marxist stance in his
interpretation.
E
zra
S
picehandler
. 70th birthday. Born in New York April 6, 1921.
Ordained at the Hebrew Union College, he has taught modern
Hebrew literature at his alma mater in Cincinnati for most o f his
career. In his writings he has sought to bring this literature to
the attention o f the English reader through several anthologies,
issued in bilingual editions;
The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself From
the Beginning to the Present
(1965, 1966, 1989),
Modern Hebrew Stories
(1971), and
New Writing in Israel
(1976). He also edited an edition
o f the Hebrew writings o f Joshua Heschel Schorr (1972).
A
aron
S
te inberg
.
100th anniversary of birth. Born in Dvinsk, Latvia,
June 12, 1891, died in London, in 1975. In the 1920s he lived
in Berlin, where he was one of the founders of YIVO, which was
headquartered then in Vilna. A close friend of Dubnow, he trans­
lated his 10-volume history of the Jews from the original Russian
into German, bringing this work to the notice of German-speaking
Jews. He likewise translated Dubnow’s history of Hasidism into
German. In 1934, he moved to England where he worked for
the World Jewish Congress. A collection of his articles was pub­
lished posthumously under the title,
History as Experience: Aspects
of Historical Thought
Universal and Jewish
(1983).
M
enahem
U
ssishk in
.
50th anniversary of death. Born in Dubrovno,
Russia, in 1863, died in Jerusalem, October 3, 1941. Active in
Russia in Jewish cultural affairs, he early became a leader in the
Zionist movement there before Herzl. He recognized that settle­
ment on the land o f Palestine would help insure the success of
the Zionist dream. Therefore he actively furthered the program
of land acquisition and eventually became the head of the Keren