LOEWENSTEIN, LEOPOLD (1843–1924), German rabbi and historian. Loewenstein, who was born in Gailingen, south Baden, studied at the University of Wuerzburg and with Ezriel *Hildesheimer in Eisenstadt. He served as district rabbi in Gailingen (1872–87) and then in Baden (1887–1924). He made important contributions to the study of German-Jewish history in his Geschichte der Juden am Bodensee (1879), Geschichte der Juden in der Kurpfalz (1895), Geschichte der Juden von der babylonischen Gefan genschaft bis zur Gegenwart (1904), Familie Aboab (1905), and Zur Geschichte der Juden in Fuerth (3 vols., 1909–13; repr. 1967), among other works. From 1899 to 1904 he edited the Blaetter fuer juedische Geschichte und Literatur, a monthly supplement to the Orthodox Jewish newspaper published in Mainz, Der Israelit.
zhb, 22 (1919), 71–76, bibl.; Wininger, Biog.
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