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Lot #    19838
Auction End Date    1/8/2008 1:15:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Die Banalen Ansichten und der Tragische Tod ...
Author    [Signed Copy] Jacob Schwad
City    Berlin
Publisher    Benjamin Harz Verlag
Publication Date    1924
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 64 pp., 152:177 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original wrappers. This copy is autographed by the author in Hebrew.
Paragraph 1    Full title: Die banalen Ansichten und der tragische Tod des Ziegenbocks Jaraz : Eine philosophische Traumphantasie .

Although the title page lists "Jacob Schwad" as the author, the author was Abraham Schwadron, the folklorist. This work is a philosphical dream fantasy whose title translates as The banal opinions and the tragic death of ...

   Abraham Schwadron (18781957) was a folklorist, collector, and Hebrew writer. Born in Zloczow (Zlochev), Galicia, into a well-known hasidic family, Schwadron grew up in a Zionist atmosphere. He studied with his uncle Shalom Mordecai Schwadron the gaon of Berezhany, but also finished high school and studied chemistry at the University of Vienna. In 1927 Schwadron settled in Erez Israel, where he devoted himself to publicist pursuits and to his unique collection of autographs and portraits of great Jews, which he began in his youth and bequeathed to the Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem.

Schwadron's publications include "De naturae saltibus," on philosophy (in Archiv fuer systematische Philosophie, 19 no. 1 (1913), 5064); stories such as Die banalen Ansichten und der tragische Tod des Ziegenbocks Jaraz (1924), and Zikhronot me-Olam ha-Hatulim (1914); translations into German, for example of Bialik's famous poem "Be-Ir ha-Haregah" (Nach dem Pogrom, 1920); and music, including tunes for the Passover Haggadah and for poetry by Rahel.

However, he was mainly concerned with Zionist polemics and the basic principles of Zionism which he interpreted in the light of his particular point of view. His approach to Zionism, which he termed radical, "cruel," and maximalist, was based on the principle that the complete solution to the Jewish problem was through the settlement of millions of Jews in their homeland. Schwadron's campaign of incessant and aggressive admonition, reflected in Mauschelpredigt eines Fanatikers (1916), Von der Schande eurer Namen (1920), and Aus der Zionisten-Predigt eines Fanatikers (1925), was at first conducted in German, and owed much of its style to the influence of Karl Kraus, with whom he cooperated in Die Fackel.

After he had settled in Erez Israel he continued in the same vein in Hebrew, acquiring a pungent polemical style in that language as well. He published hundreds of critical and admonitory articles in almost every Hebrew newspaper, making Ahad Ha-Am and his followers, such as those in the Berit Shalom movement, his main target. He also published some pamphlets, including Torat ha-Ziyyonut ha-Akhzarit ("The Doctrine of Cruel Zionism," 1944), and began to publish his collected writings, Mi-Shenei Evrei ha-Sha'ah ("From Both Sides of the Hour," 1946).

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Autographed:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
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