Cohen, Mortimer Joseph

Published by Philadelphia; No Publisher (The Jewish Exponent?), 1936
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1st seperate edition. Original Wrappers. 12mo. [6] pages. Written for the Jewish Exponent and reprinted from the Issue of July 3, 1936. A supportive review of "The Jews of Germany" by Marvin Lowenthal, written by Rabbi Mortimer J. Cohen, whom was educated at the City College of New York, Colombia, and JTSA. He is remembered for having worked with Frank Lloyd Wright to build the synagogue for his congregation of Beth Sholom in North Philadelphia. Marvin Marx Lowenthal was born on October 6, 1890, in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He was an author, lecturer, traveler, and historian. At Harvard University, Lowenthal became a part of a tight-knit group of Zionists that included Louis Brandeis. In 1916, Brandeis asked Lowenthal to head the Zionist Bureau of the Pacific Coast in San Francisco. Lowenthal began working as its fundraiser until the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) moved to its New York office in 1919. In 1920, Lowenthal decided to abandon the ZOA to pursue a career as a full-time writer. "In 1936, Lowenthal published his most important and popular book, The Jews of Germany: A Story of Sixteen Centuries. In writing this book, he hoped to demonstrate that discrimination against Jews in Germany was not something that [only] became commonplace once Hitler took control. Lowenthal wanted to reach out to his readers and explain that if something was not done about the treatment of Jews in Europe that Jews would be doomed. Lowenthal followed the events in Germany closely and was disturbed by the passing of the Nuremberg Laws in September 1935, which stripped Jews of their citizenship in Germany and forbade Jews to marry non-Jewish citizens. Lowenthal was appalled by the treatment of Jews in Germany; Jews were forced to sit in the back of public buses, drink from different water fountains, and not allowed to use public restrooms. The book was painstaking for Lowenthal to write because of his love for Zionism and his determination to free Jews from discrimination in Europe. The Jews of Germany left Lowenthal exhausted. His book consisted of literary fragments, essay sketches, and writing plans, but no finished product materialized. It is in this book that his craftsmanship and urbanity of style appear at their best. " (From Guide to the Papers of Marvin Lowenthal) Subjects: Jews - Germany History. OCLC lists only one copy worldwide (HUC) . Light soiling to front and back pages. Fold line down the center of all pages. Fresh and clean. Good + condition. (HOLO2-95-26) holo12, Bookseller Inventory # 35934

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Publisher: Philadelphia; No Publisher (The Jewish Exponent?)

Publication Date: 1936

Binding: Soft cover

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