Simon Dubnow, 1860 – 1941

December 8, 1941 (18th of Kislev, 5702): As the Riga Ghetto was being liquidated, 81 year old Jewish historian Simon Dubnow was murdered in Riga because he was too old and sick to travel to Rumbula where he would have been massacred with other Jews. There is no way this blog can do justice to this Jewish Intellectual Giant.  The tragedy is that a mind like this lost its life in the mud of the Nazi murder spree. Even as he faced death he expressed his faith in the value of history when he told the Jews of Riga, “Yidn, shreibt un fershreibt”(“Jews, write and record”).

Israel Post issued a stamp on October 4, 2002 memorializing Dubnow.  It is shown here complete with its tab selvage.

simon dubnow - israel


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