The present lot is a collection of eighty-nine postcards sent by Heinrich Cohn to members of his family in Basel (and Hamburg; see no. 7) throughout the period of his studies at the yeshivah from late October 1908 through mid-March 1909. Since at various points he wrote almost daily, these notes read somewhat like diary entries. Not only do they shed light on Cohn’s own biography and current events, they also contain valuable information about the yeshivah, its faculty, and students, as well as interesting reflections on the cultural differences between the wealthier and more acculturated Jews of Switzerland and their more insular, indigent Hungarian brethren, e.g., with respect to Zionism. For the recently-published account of another Western European young man studying at a different Eastern European yeshivah, see Ernest Gugenheim’s Letters from Mir: A Torah World in the Shadow of the Shoah.
Michael Brocke und Julius Carlebach (eds.), Biographisches Handbuch der Rabbiner: die Rabbiner im Deutschen Reich 1871-1945, vol. 1 (Munich: K.G. Saur, 2009), 141 (no. 2084).
Heinrich A. Cohn, “The Jewes Tragedy von William Hemings” (Ph.D. diss., University of Strasbourg, 1913), v.
Abraham Fuchs, Yeshivot hungaryah bi-gedullatan u-be-hurbanan, vol. 1 (Jerusalem: Abraham Fuchs, 1979), 54-63.
Aron Grünhut, “Jeschiwa Horomo – die öffentliche Rabbinatsschule von Pressburg,” Katastrophenzeit des slowakischen Judentums: Aufstieg und Niedergang der Juden von Pressburg (Tel Aviv: Aron Grünhut, 1972), 170-173.
Ernest Gugenheim, Letters from Mir: A Torah World in the Shadow of the Shoah, ed. Claude-Annie Gugenheim, Martine Bendavid, and Menachem Genack, trans. Ken Ritter and Charlotte Lucy Latham (New York: Orthodox Union Press, 2014).
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