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Lot #    13527
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 10:47:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Geschichte eines Lebenswerkes
Author    [Only Ed.] Dr. Jakob Fromer
City    Charlottenburg
Publisher    By the author
Publication Date    1909
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 48 pp., quarto, 225:140 mm., wide margins, light age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in contemporary half cloth and marbled paper over boards.
   A defense of his work on the Talmud by Dr. Jakob Fromer, suggested by the title, Geschichte eines Lebenswerkes (History of a life’s work). There is a forward in which Fromer writes about Lazarus Goldschmidt’s criticism of his work, of which Geschichte eines Lebenswerkes is a defense. Lazarus Goldschmidt (1871–1950) scholar, bibliophile, and translator of the Talmud into German had attacked Fromer. Goldschmidt, whose major work was his translation of the entire Babylonian Talmud into German, was a controversial figure who engaged in sharp personal polemics against leading scholars of his time (Immanuel Loew, David Hoffman, and others, in addition to Fromer), publishing a number of pamphlets attacking his adversaries.

Fromer was a native of the Ghetto of Lodz in Russian Poland and sometime librarian of the Jewish community at Berlin. He pursued a secular education in the West, eventually accepting a position as librarian of the Jewish community of Berlin. Fromer, who was recognized as an authority on the Talmud translated selections from the Babylonian Talmud; this work is said to reflect his ongoing struggle to reconcile his western identity with his traditional background. Among his important contributions, in addition to his work on the Talmud, was his criticism of Professor Werner Sombart's important work Die Juden und das Wirtschaftsleben. Fromer’s review appeared in the Zukunft of October 28, 1911, being described as a work in itself, and an illuminating contribution to the literature of the Jewish question. Fromer’s other titles include Das Wesen des Judentums (Berlin, 1905), Legenden aus dem Talmud (1922), Die messianische Weltordnung; Idee und Plan einer Weltorganisation (1925), Der Organismus des Judentums (1909), Der Talmud; geschichte, wesen und zukunft (Berlin, 1920)Salomon Maimons Lebensgeschichte / mit einer Einleitung und mit Anmerkungen neu herausgegeben (1911), Sir‾aj. / Middot. Hebrew & Judeo-Arabic. (1908), and Talmud. / German. Selections (1924).

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, some Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica