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Dr. Alexander Marx, Jewish Historian, Dies in New York

Dr. Alexander Marx, director of libraries and Jacob H. Schiff – Professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, died yesterday after a brief illness at the age of 75.

Born in Elberfeld, Germany, he received his doctorate from the University of Koenigsberg in 1903 and in the same year was invited to assume a professorship of history at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Under his direction, the Seminary library grew from 5,000 volumes and three manuscripts to 144,000 books and 8,000 manuscripts.

Dr. Marx was the author of numerous historical books and bibliographies. His published works included “Seder Olam, ” “A History of the Jewish People, ” “Studies in Jewish History and Booklore,” “Moses Maimonides” and “The Life and Work of Rashi. ” He had received honorary doctorate degrees from the Jewish Institute of Religion, the Hebrew Union College and Dropsie College of Phialdelphia.

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