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Boston Club Endows Louis Brandeis Chair at Hebrew University

May 28, 1933
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A Louis D. Brandeis Lectureship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, named in honor of the Supreme Court Justice, will be established next year, particularly to aid the University in inviting a German scholar to fill the post created by the gift of the New Century Club of Boston, Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach, president of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, announced here.

A similar lectureship will be created in honor of Professor Felix Frankfurter, according to word received by Dr. Rosenbach from Professor Milton J. Rosenau, of Harvard Medical School, chairman of the Boston Society of American Friends of University. A group of Boston attorneys headed by Herbert B. Ehrmann are now engaged in raising funds for the purpose.

“In these grim and terrible days that confront Jewry—and not merely Jewry but most precious conquests of the human spirit,” said Professor Frankfurter in accepting the honor paid him by the committee, “the claims of the Hebrew University are inescapable. The Jewish men of learning in Germany, whose light is being extinguished, must be saved, not primarily for their sake but for the sake of all mankind.

“The tragic development in Germany furnishes an opportunity, as well as a duty, to win for the Hebrew University in Palestine, men of world-wide distinction. It is inevitable that all of us, within the limits of our capacity, should want to share in the realization of such a great opportunity.”

In announcing the two lectureships, Dr. Rosenbach said:

“The Hebrew University is daily receiving inquiries and proposals from any number of distinguished scholars and scientists in Germany. This is really the time for the Hebrew University to stand out as a great moral and comforting force. This could be done if we were able to declare to the world that the institution in Jerusalem is opening its doors to some of the distinguished scholars and scientists of German Jewry.

“Palestine has already many refugees from Germany,” Dr. Rosenbach stated, “and with each mail, the Hebrew University receives inquiries and proposals on the part of scholars and scientists there. It would be a pity if the University, which depend’s very largely on funds from America, were to suffer from the financial crisis at a time when its hands ought to be free to invite a number of men of distinguished learning and science to its staff.”

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