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Prof. Buber Presented with “hanseatic Goethe Prize” in Germany

Professor Martin Buber, the distinguished Jewish thinker, today accepted the “Hanseatic Goethe Prize” in Hamburg’s City Hall. This is the first time that the Prize, which was created in 1951, has been awarded.

Prof. Buber, 75. Who taught at Frankfurt University from 1924-1933 and is professor emeritus of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, has addressed students at the universities of Frankfurt, Bonn and Muenster during the past week. He is now proceeding to Britain, but will return to Germany for another lecture tour in July. In September, he is to receive the 1953 “Peace Prize of the German Book Trade” in Frankfurt’s St. Paul Church, where the first democratic German Parliament met in 1948.

In an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Prof. Buber revealed that he has revised his Bible translation, often considered the most peerless rendering of the Hebrew original in the German language, which he produced a quarter century ago in collaboration with the late Franz Rosenzweig. The proofs of this new German version of the Pentateuch are already in the hands of Jakob Hegner, then as now his German publisher.

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