Chief Rabbi of Hungary Marks 75th Birthday
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Chief Rabbi of Hungary Marks 75th Birthday

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Rabbi Dr. Imanuel Loew, famous Hebrew scholar, Chief Rabbi of Szegedin and one of the two representatives of the Jewish faith in the Hungarian Upper House, celebrated his 75th birthday. A few months ago, in September, he completed fifty years of office as Rabbi, having succeeded his father. Rabbi Leopold Loew, in the post. He is a descendant of the famous Chief Rabbi Loew of Prague, with whom the Golem legend is associated.

Chief Rabbi Loew is the author of a large number of learned works, which were issued in 1900 in a collected edition. Among the best known of these is his “Flora of the Jews” and “Fauna of the Jews.” A few years ago his name was thrown into the limelight throughout the whole Jewish world. He was accused by a journalist of haveing given him an interview condemning the Horthy regime in Hungary. He was arrested on a charge of high treason and was for a long time kept in solitary confinement in his home. Eventually, however, it was proved that the statements made against him were invented, and his name was cleared. A violent controversy had been raging meanwhile in Hungary, many important personages rallying to his defence.

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