||Menora -A selection of literary work in Erez Israel compiled by Schalom Ben-Chorin and Gerson Stern. Ben Chorin (1913-1999) was the pseudonym for Fritz Rosenthal. He was a journalist and was born to an educated Jewish merchant family. After the Luitpold High School, he studied comparative religion athe Ludwig Meximilans University in Munich. He emigrated to Erez Israel in 1935. From 1935 to 1970 he worked as a journalist. In 1958 he created the first Jewish reform organization in Israel.And in 1961 he was one of the joint founders of the working group "Jew and Christian" with the German Evangelist Church conference.From 1970 to 1987 he was a lectuer and guest professor in Jerusalem, Tubingen and Munich. He received many honors including the Leo Baeck prize (1959).
Gerson Stern (1872-1956) was a writer and a poet whose work is still studied today. He also wrote historical studies on Jewish life in Germany.He dedicated a history of his own family to his son Joel at the time of his Bar Mitzva in March, 1933. This family chronicle led to his first novel , "Weg ohne Ende",[way without end] which he wrote in 1933/34. This novel was published by Erich Reiss Verlag in a first edition of 5000 copies, and was followed a few months later with another 4,000 copies. This was quite high considering he was an unknown author. Stern emigrated to Erez Palestine in 1939. There he was in the same circle as Schalom Ben Chorin.