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Germany to Issue Postage Stamp Honoring the Late Rabbi Baeck

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A 20-pfennig postage stamp with the portrait of the late Rabbi Leo Baeck; who served as honorary chairman of the World Union for Progressive Judaism after surviving a Nazi concentration camp, will go on sale throughout West Germany just one year after he died in London.

Born near Poznan in 1873, Dr. Baeck was Berlin’s principal liberal rabbi from 1912 until his deportation to the Ferezin concentration camp in 1943. He held many important, posts in communal life and is the author of notable works on Jewish ethics. The postage stamp will become available in an edition of 20,000,000 on November 2. The same day, and every year thereafter on this anniversary of his death, the Central Jewish Council and the Central Jewish Welfare Agency will jointly bestow a “Leo Baeck Prize” upon a young scholar whose work is in the tradition of the deceased.

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