Ginzburg, Iser

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GINZBURG, ISER (1872–1947), Hebrew and Yiddish journalist, short story writer, and editor. Ginzburg was born in Develtov (Russia), and as a youth became influenced by the ideals of the *Haskalah. He settled in the U.S. in 1893, and graduated from Cornell University Medical School in 1900. Influenced by radical politics, he contributed articles to American-Yiddish publications, including the Fraye Arbeter Shtime and Tsukunft, and was on the staff of the Forverts. Ginzburg also remained active as a Hebrew-language journalist, contributing to publications such as Hatoren and Hadoar. He wrote on contemporary problems and reviewed books dealing with Jewish religion, literature, and history. His major works are Der Talmud,Zayn Antshteyung un Antviklung ("The Talmud, Its Origins and Development," 1910); Di Antshteyung fun Kristntum ("The Origin of Christianity," 1917); Yidishe Denker un Poeten in Mitlelter ("Jewish Thinkers and Poets in the Middle Ages," 2 vols., 1918–9); Maimonides (1935).


lnyl, 2 (1958), 223f. add. bibliography: H. Rogoff, Der Gayst fun Forverts (1954), 107–14.

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