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Lot #    13849
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 1:27:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Nathan Birnbaum
Title (Hebrew)    seine werk und seine wandlung
Author    [Only Ed.] Leo Hermann
City    Berlin
Publisher    Juedischer Verlag
Publication Date    (1914)
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [4], 31, [1] pp., 222:149 mm., light age staining, nice margins, stamps, plate. A very good copy bound in later half cloth and marbled paper over boards.
   Leo Hermann (18881951), Zionist journalist and a founder of the Keren Hayesod. Born in Landskron, Bohemia, Hermann studied law in Prague where he joined the students' society Bar Kochba (1906), became one of its leading members, and its chairman in 190809. He exercised a great influence on Bohemian Zionism between 1909 and 1913, mainly through his editorship of the Zionist weekly Selbstwehr (191013). He brought Martin Buber to Prague, where under Bar Kochba's auspices, he delivered his famous "Three Speeches on Judaism," which laid down a philosophy adopted by Bar Kochba as its own. In 1913 Hermann became secretary of the World Zionist Executive in Berlin and, for a time during World War I, edited Die Juedische Rundschau. He remained secretary of the Executive until 1920, when he joined Berthold Feiwel in organizing the newly created Keren Hayesod. When the fund's headquarters were transferred to Jerusalem in 1926, Hermann moved there and became its general secretary. He wrote Nathan Birnbaum, sein Werk und seine Wandlung (1914) and edited and published a collection of ideological essays on Jewish and Zionist topics, Treue (1916), and a pamphlet on the language controversy in Erez Israel, Im Kampf um die hebraeische Sprache (1914) on behalf of the Zionist Executive. He was also among the initiators and founders of the monthly Der Jude, which was edited by Martin Buber. During his last years, he devoted himself to films about Israel, among which was Le-Hayyim Hadashim ("To a New Life").
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
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