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Dutch Govt. to Establish Chair for Teaching of Hebrew and Yiddish

The Government of The Netherlands voted a grant today for the establishment, for the first time, of a chair at the University of Amsterdam for the teaching of modern Hebrew and Yiddish language and literature.

Under the grant, courses in these subjects will be offered at the university, beginning next fall. There will be one two-hour course weekly in modern Hebrew language and literature, and a one-hour course weekly in the Yiddish department. Both courses will be conducted by Dr. Leib Fuks, chairman of the university’s division of Hebraica and Judaica.

Dr. Fuks, a ranking member of the university’s library staff, is also director of the Rosenthaliana Library, one of the world’s most valued Judaica-Hebraica collections, bequeathed to the institution by the late Baron G. Rosenthal. He said he expects a sizable enrollment in both the Hebrew and Yiddish courses, not only from Jews but also from Christian theological students.

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