German Publisher Gives $20, 000 to New York Jewish Institute
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German Publisher Gives $20, 000 to New York Jewish Institute

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A German publisher will help to finance continuing research on the history of German-speaking Jewry, Dr. Max Gruenwald, president of the Leo Baeck Institute here announced today. The grant was received from Axel Springer, creator of the biggest chain of newspapers and magazines in Germany and Central Europe.

The Leo Baeck Institute was founded in 1955 to re-trace, collect and preserve factual data on the history and creative thought and achievements of all Jews in German-speaking countries. It bears the name of Rabbi Baeck, noted scholar and chosen representative of German Jewry in its darkest hours, who after his liberation from the Theresienstadt concentration camp, was elected president of the Council of Jews from Germany.

In a letter accompanying the check, Mr. Springer suggested that $15,000 of the donation might be used to establish a special fund to advance the aims and work of the Institute, and $5, 000 be devoted to the expansion of its physical facilities.

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