Scholem, Gershom, 1897-1982

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Born as Gerhard Scholem to a secular Jewish family in Berlin in 1897, Scholem was a close associate of Walter Benjamin and through his scholarly efforts and publications arguably the most important figure in spreading awareness of Jewish mysticism and the Kabbala to audiences beyond Orthodox Jewish circles. In 1923, he emigrated to Palestine, whereupon he changed his name to Gershon Scholem. In Palestine and later Israel he was a librarian and professor at Hebrew University, but remained involved in German-Jewish discourse, notably in his debates with Hannah Arendt over the Eichmann trial and over the reception of Benjamin's works. Scholem died in 1982.

From the guide to the Gershom Scholem Collection, 1939-1986, (Leo Baeck Institute)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Jewish Theological Seminary of America. General Files. Records, 1902-1972. 1940-1972 (bulk). Ocean County College Library, OCC Library
referencedIn Franz Rosenzweig Collection, 1832-1999 Leo Baeck Institute.
referencedIn Hannah Arendt Papers 1898-1977 (bulk 1948-1977) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Scholem, Gershom Gerhard, 1897-1982. [Pamplets relating to Jewish mysticism]. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
referencedIn Davidson, Israel, 1870-1939. Papers, 1887-1942. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn George Sarton additional papers, 1901-1956 Houghton Library
referencedIn Baron, Salo W. Papers, 1900-1980 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Scholem, Gershom Gerhard, 1897-1982,. [Collection of pamphlets and journal articles on mysticism]. Stanford university libraries
creatorOf Gershom Scholem Collection, 1939-1986 Leo Baeck Institute.
creatorOf Scholem, Gershom Gerhard, 1897-1982. Correspondence from Franz Werfel, 1926. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Scholem, Gershom Gerhard, 1897-1982. [Pamphlets relating to Sabbathaians]. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
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correspondedWith Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975. person
associatedWith Bantam Books (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Baron, Salo W. (Salo Wittmayer), 1895-1989. person
associatedWith Benjamin, Walter, 1892-1940 person
associatedWith Davidson, Israel, 1870-1939. person
correspondedWith Grubel, Fred person
correspondedWith Hallo, Rudolf, 1896-1933 person
associatedWith Jewish Theological Seminary of America. General Files. corporateBody
correspondedWith Jonas, Hans, 1903-1993 person
associatedWith Leo Baeck Institute corporateBody
associatedWith Perelmutter, Hayim Goren, Rabbi Dr. person
associatedWith Rosenzweig, Franz person
correspondedWith Sarton, George, 1884-1956 person
correspondedWith Simon, Heinrich person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (N. Y.)
Berlin (Germany)
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Birth 1897-12-05

Death 1982-02-21







Ark ID: w6417148

SNAC ID: 1863447