Chief Rabbi Feuchtwang of Vienna Dies at 71
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Chief Rabbi Feuchtwang of Vienna Dies at 71

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Dr. David Feuchtwang, chief rabbi of Vienna, scholar and author died today of angina pectoris while in his seventy-second year. He was a leader in the fight to protect Jewish rights from the encroachment of anti-Semitism.

Until his death, Rabbi Feuchtwang was an outspoken critic of anti-Jewish tendencies noted in Austrian clerical circles.

His wide interests included Orientology and Philology, and in these fields he made noteworthy contributions. He was author of several books on Assyriology, Hebrew culture and customs, and Biblical lore. He was a contributor to the periodicals, Monumenta Judaica and Zeitschrift fuer Kunst and Kunstgeschichte. Born Nov. 27, 1864, in Nikolsburg, Moravia, he studied in Berlin and Vienna and in 1892 succeeded his father as rabbi of his native town. He was appointed rabbi in Vienna in 1903 and in 1933 became chief rabbi.

He also held the positions of inspector of Jewish religious education in the Viennese secondary schools and member of the Vienna Municipal Council. He was honorary citizen of Nikolsburg.

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