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Lot #    19437
Auction End Date    11/13/2007 12:36:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Einleitung in die Probleme des rituellen Schlachte
Author    [Only Ed.] Dr. Oskar Rabinowicz
City    Vienna
Publisher    Heinrich Glanz
Publication Date    1937
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 93, [2] pp., 228:154 mm., wide margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in the original title wrappers.
   A defense of shehitah by Oskar K. Rabinowicz (Kwasnik) (19021969), financier, author, and Zionist. Born in Aspern, Austria, Rabinowicz studied at Brno, Prague, and Berlin, later engaging in the gold business. He was active in the Zionist Revisionist movement and after 1933 became chairman of the Czechoslovak committee to boycott Nazi Germany. When the Germans occupied Prague in 1939, he barely managed to escape, though he had helped 3,000 Jews leave Czechoslovakia for Palestine. He went to England, living mainly in London, and became active in communal life, being on the councils of Jews' College and the Jewish Historical Society. He was director of the Anglo-Federal Banking Corporation from 1946 to 1956. In 1956 he settled in the U.S., where he was active in communal affairs, particularly in the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Jewish Publication Society of America.

In his Prague period Rabinowicz wrote, among other works, Einleitung in die Probleme des rituellen Schlachtens (1937), in defense of shehitah and edited his father's Makor Niftah (1938), a lexicographical Bible index. In England he wrote Vladimir Jabotinsky's Conception of a Nation (1946), submitted Chaim Weizmann's autobiography Trial and Error to a searching factual criticism in his Fifty Years of Zionism (1950), and championed Herzl as the great figure in Zionism in his Herzl, Architect of the Balfour Declaration (1958). Among his other works is Winston Churchill on Jewish Problems (1956, 19602) and the posthumously published Arnold Toynbee on Judaism and Zionism: A Critique (1974). He was one of the initiators of the Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews and co-editor of The Jews of Czechoslovakia (vol. 1, 1968). His literary work was based on his extensive library, which was particularly rich in periodicals and works on Zionist and contemporary history. This was bequeathed to the National and University Library, Jerusalem. Rabinowicz was a departmental editor of the Encyclopaedia Judaica for Czech Jewish history.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Austria
Halacha:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica