Lederer, Abraham

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LEDERER, ABRAHAM (1827–1916), educator and pedagogic writer. Born in Libochovice, Bohemia, Lederer became principal of the Jewish school at Tata, Hungary, in 1854, and in 1857 was appointed by the government to head the Jewish "model school" of Budapest. Lederer was also entrusted with the organization of the teachers' training college connected with the school (1859). Although he resigned from his post as headmaster in 1868, he continued teaching until 1889. Among his contributions to educational literature were translations of Hungarian textbooks into German and several original publications including Az oktatás módszere ("Teaching Methods," 1870); A példadás módszere ("Teaching by Example," 1877); A testi büntetés a családban és az iskolában ("Corporal Punishment at Home and at School," 1884); A kegyelet ("On Piety," 1920); and A szociális kérdés és az iskola ("School and the Social Question," 1898). Lederer was the pioneer of summer holiday camps for schoolchildren in Hungary. He is also remembered as the founder of the nationwide Organization of Jewish Teachers in Hungary (1866). He died in Budapest.


M. Málnai, in: Izraelita Tanügyi Értesitö, 41 (1916), 203–6.

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