Riga (Dec. 31)
The death has occurred here at the age of 82 of Mayer Feivel Getz, who was at one time Rapporteur on Jewish affairs to the Ministry of Education in the Czarist Empire.
Getz, who was born near Kovno, in 1853, was educated at the Universities of Uriev and Petrograd. In the year 1894 he was appointed to the Ministry of Education. In 1909 he taught Hebrew and Jewish History in the Vilna Seminary. He was a prolific writer in German, Hebrew and Russian, contributing to the “Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums”, “Juedische Presse”, “Israelitisches Familienblatt, as well as the London “Jewish Chronicle”, the “Magyar Zhidoszenre” and the Hebrew “Hameliz”.
He also published several books and he was one of Tolstoy’s Hebrew teachers and also taught Hebrew to Soloviev, who was a close friend.
In 1891 he published a book on Jewish questions with forewords by Tolstoy, Soloviev, and Kovalenko which, was however, confiscated by the authorities.