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Lot #    10307
Auction End Date    4/19/2005 2:42:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hirsch Hildesheimer. Ein Gedenkbuch
Title (Hebrew)    seinen Manen gewidmet.
Author    [Only Ed.]
City    Berlin
Publisher    H. Itzkowski
Publication Date    1911
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition., Portrait, [6], 121, [2] pp., 210:143 mm., wide crisp margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary half cloth and marbled paped boards.
   Memorial book in honor of Hirsch Hildesheimer.

Hirsch Hildesheimer (18551910), was born in Eisenstadt, Hungary, and received his early education at the yeshivah of his father, R. Azriel Hildesheimer, and later under R. H. A. Auerbach in Halberstadt. In 1873, he studied history, classical philosophy, and geography at Berlin University, attending his father's rabbinical seminary at the same time. He later studied at Leipzig under Theodor Mommsen and received his doctorate there in 1879. In 1880, Hildesheimer was appointed lecturer in Jewish history and the geography of Erez Israel at the rabbinical seminary, but he had little time for scholarship owing to his communal work. He zealously fought against organized anti-Semitism and blood-libels. The last years of his life were devoted to the defense of Shehitah against it detractors. Hildesheimer procured 300 opinions from veterinary surgeons and professors of physiology and anatomy, all declaring Shehitah to be the most humane method of slaughtering animals. He was regarded as the leading authority on such problems, questions and appeals being addressed to him from all over the world. Hildesheimer was also active in the Hibbat Zion movement, and his interest in the colonization of Erez Israel was displayed in his efforts to promote the ideals of the Esra Society in Berlin of which he was a cofounder. Theodor Herzl proposed that the lecture on the role of charity in Erez Israel at the First Zionist Congress in Basle. Hildesheimer did not attend the Congress, however, fearing that public activity would harm any practical efforts for settlement in Erez Israel, and he withdrew from the Zionist Organization. He participated in the Society for Jewish History and Literature, and it was due to him that the school system of the Hilfsverein der Deutschen Juden remained based on Orthodox Judaism.

Apart from numerous articles published in Die Juedische Presse, which he edited from 1883 until his death, Hildesheimer wrote Beitraege zur Geography Palaestinas (188485), an important study of the historical geography of Erez Israel. His work in this field was continued by his pupil, Samuel Klein. He also wrote Gutachten ueber das rituelle Schaechten (1894) in defense of Shehitah and Die Blutbeschuldigung (1891) against the blood-libel.

   EJ; D. Strumpf, in: L. Jung (ed.), Guardians of Our Heritage (1958)
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica