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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The sixtieth birthday of Jacob Krauss, well-known writer and linguist, was celebrated here today.

Mr. Krauss is editor-in-chief of the “Wiener Morgenzeitung.” He is the author of “Martyrium,” a book in which the anti-Jewish pogroms in Poland and Hungary at the close of the War, are described.


A fund in honor of the seventieth birthday of Louis Marshall has been estabhlished at the Jewish Institute of Religion by Judge Julian W. Mack and Mrs. Mack, it was announced yesterday.

A substantial prize will be awarded each year from the fund to the writer of the best essay on some phase of Jewish education.


Dr. Z. Diesendruck, Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at the Institute of Jewish Religion, publishes a letter in the “Hadoar” in which he declares that the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” has misquoted him in a recent issue with regard to a statement he had given to a “certain newspaperman.”

The “Jewish Daily Bulletin” has indeed received a letter from the Institute of Jewish Religion declaring that the statement of Dr. Diesendruck as given in the “Bulletin” was wrong in practically every detail. The editor of the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” informed the Institute that he would be willing to print this letter, provided the Institute made it clear that the mistake had been committed not by the “Bulletin,” but by the Institute of Jewish Religion as the statement was not given to a representative of the “Jewish Daily Bulletin” or any other newspaperman, but to a publicity agent who is in the employ of the Institute. The “Jewish Daily Bulletin” on the authority of the Institute of Jewish Religion, published the original statement in full as submitted, in the belief that the facts were correct. The request of the “Bulletin” to the Institute for a correction in which the blame was placed on the person responsible and not on the “Bulletin” has not been complied with.

The “Jewish Daily Bulletin” is informed:

1. No report was submitted by Dr. Diesendruck to Dr. Lee K. Frankel, who is no longer active as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Institute of Religion:

2. This “report” was merely a statement made by Dr. Diesendruck to the publicity agent of the Institute of Jewish Religion:

3. The publicity agent totally misinterpreted Dr. Diesendruck in quoting him as saying: (a) Throughout the world, wherever there is a Hebrew philosopher or writer who reacts to modern life, one hears of Whitman. “Leaves of Grass” is particularly known and its style has affected the styes of dozens of the younger Hebrew writers, whether it be in Poland. Palestine or Germany. (b) that Dr. Diesendruck advocated a course on John Dewey at the Hebrew University and that he planned to translate Professor Dewey’s book into Hebrew, and (c) that a volume of Plato, which Dr. Diesendruck translated into Hebrew, has sold more than two thousand copies in one year in the United States, which is an unprecedented sales record for Hebrew books of that type.

These statements were incorrect. Dr. Diesendruck merely stated to the publicity agent of the Jewish Institute of Religion, we understand, that Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” is known in Hebrew and has influenced some modern Hebrew poets, that he merely regretted that Dewey is not as widely known among Hebrew writers as he should be, and that his Hebrew translation of Plato has sold 2,000 copies altogether since its publication.

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