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Quarter Century of Literary and Publicist Work of Secretary of Roumanian Jewish Community

Dr. M. Schweig, the Secretary-General of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Roumania, and of the Bucharest Jewish Community, one of the leading authorities on the history of the Jews in Roumania, has completed 25 years of literary and publicist work.

Since 1906, he has also been editor of the “Curierul Israelit”, the official organ of the Union of Roumanian Jews, the Secretary-General of which, Sarateanu-Seltzer, is his brother-in-law.

He founded in 1914, the Roumanian Jewish Cultural Organisation “Saron”, which has published a number of important works, including a translation of Herzl’s “Old-New Land”, a “History of the Jews”, by Chief Rabbi Senator Dr. Niemirover, and “The Heroism of the Jews in the Great War” by Schweig.

It was as a result of his publication “We Want Jewish Communities” that he was authorised in 1919 to found the Jewish Community of Bucharest, where no organised Community had previously existed, and he was in 1920 appointed its General-Secretary. In 1922 he was appointed by the Roumanian Government as official Rapporteur for the preparation of a project for the organisation of the Jewish Religious Community. He possesses a very extensive private library, which is understood to include the largest collection of Judaica in Roumania.

Ex-Senator Horia Carp in the “Curierul Israelit” and Dr. M. Schwartzfeld, the “Nestor” of Jewish journalism in Roumania, in his paper “Egalitatea” publish appreciations of Dr. Schweig’s publicist work during the course of the past quarter of a century.

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