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Lot #    26194
Auction End Date    3/23/2010 10:35:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Pinkas ha-Medina
Title (Hebrew)    פנקס המדינה
Author    [First Ed.] Simon Dubnow
City    Berlin
Publisher    Einot
Publication Date    1925
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First complete edition. XXXI, 358, [1] pp., 265:197 mm., extr wide uncut margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original wrappers.
   History of Lithuania by Simon Dubnow (1860–1941), historian and political ideologist. Born in Mstislavl, Belorussia, Dubnow received a traditional Jewish education from his grandfather, but early in his life ceased to observe religious practices. He was self-taught, having achieved his general education at "the home university," as he put it. Between 1880 and 1906 Dubnow lived, first illegally, in St. Petersburg; in his home town; in Odessa, where he joined the Ahad Ha-Am circle; and Vilna, writing all the time for the Jewish press. He finally settled in St. Petersburg, this time legally, teaching Jewish history, which from then on became his dominating interest; from 1908 at the Institute of Jewish Studies (established by Baron David Guenzburg); and from 1919 at the government-supported "Jewish People's University." Dubnow was one of the founders and directors of the Jewish Historico-Ethnographical Society and from 1909 to 1918 editor of its quarterly Yevreyskaya Starina. When the Bolsheviks came to power, Dubnow was asked to participate in the work of various committees appointed to prepare publications on Jewish themes; none of this work was ever published.

In 1922 he left Russia. A proposal for him to become professor of Jewish history at the University of Kovno met with the opposition of the Lithuanian professors, and Dubnow settled in Berlin, where he stayed until 1933. When Hitler came to power, Dubnow found refuge in Riga, the capital of Latvia. There the aged scholar continued his work in solitude, but with undiminished vigor. Riga was captured by the Germans in July 1941, and in a night of terror, on December 8, 1941, when the Jewish community was deported to a death camp, Dubnow was murdered by a Gestapo officer, a former pupil of his.

Paragraph 2    על גב הכריכה: פנקס מדינת ליטא. עמ' 338-337: הערות ר' א[אברהם] א[ליהו] קפלן ז"ל. מהקדמת העורך: "בשנת תרס"ט פתחתי בהדפסת "פנקס המדינה" בפטרבורג... המהדורא הראשונה... לא נגמרה... עתה אני גומר את מלאכתי ומשלימה במהדורא חדשה שכולה עברית. בפנים הספר הוספתי כמה שנויי נוסחאות... ובסופו צרפתי... פסקים בענינים שבין ועד הארצות בפולין ובין ועד המדינה בליטא ופסקים בענינים שבין הקהלות הראשיות בליטא בינן לבין עצמן".
   CD-EPI 0144275
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica