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Chaim Bloch, Noted Viennese Chassidic Scholar, Arrives in New York

Chaim Bloch, famous German-Jewish author and Chassidic scholar of Vienna has arrived in New York. Bloch is the author of many books on Kabbala and Chassidism and also wrote many Jewish folk songs.

Bloch was arrested by the Gestapo following the German occupation of Czechoslovakia and kept in the Karjangas concentration camp, assertedly because of his books “Against Lie and Libel,” and “Anti-Semitism in the Mirror of the Centuries.” All his works were confiscated, among them the Hebrew “Ozar Chaim,” an encyclopedia of the historic-cultural rabbinic responses.

Bloch brought with him a valuable collection of opinions by famous German statesmen and scientists on anti-Semitism and Jews, which was willed to him by the former Austrian Council member, Rabbi Dr. Joseph S. Bloch.