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Majer Bałaban’s birth anniversary

By Jewish Historical Institute

Majer Bałaban, researcher of the history of Polish Jewry, and a patron of a biyearly contest to reward the best graduation and Ph.D. theses about Jews and Israel, was born on 20 February 1877.

Born in Lviv in 1877, Bałaban was the first to use modern scientific methods to research the history of Polish Jewry, contributing to a great progress in historiography of the Polish Jews. He believed, which was reflected in his books and articles, that the Polish Jews were one of the most important and creative communities in the history of Jewry in the whole world. His works on the Jews from Lviv, Cracow and Lublin still today are important compendiums on this subject matter. He emphasised the significance of research on the Polish-Jewish history as both an integral part of the world history of the Jews and key component of the history of Poland.

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