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Baeck, Leo

Born: 1873 AD
Died: 1956 AD, at 83 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Presidents, Rabbi


1873 - Leo Baeck was born on the 23rd of May in Lissa, a city in the Prussian province of Posen.


1897 - Received a rabbinical degree from the Hochschule and a doctorate from the University of Berlin.


1905 - Published The Essence of Judaism, in response to A. Harnek's The Essence of Christianity.


1922 - Baeck had developed a three-fold understanding of Judaism.


1912-1943 - Elected senior rabbi of the autonomous Jewish community of Berlin.


1943 - Deported by the Nazis to the concentration camp at Theresienstadt. He was a noted teacher, rabbi, and preacher, respected by Jew and non-Jew alike.


1955 - The Leo Baeck Institute for the study of the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry was established, and Baeck was the first international president of this institute.


1956 - He died on the 2nd of November in London, England.




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