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Bamberger, Fritz, 1902-1984

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    • us: במברגר, פ., 1902־
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    • found: Mendelssohn, M. Gesammelte Schriften, 1929-
    • found: NUCMC data from Amer. Jewish Archives for His Papers, 1947-1966 (Fritz Bamberger was born in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany on Jan. 7, 1902. In 1923, he was awarded his Ph.D. in intellectual thought from the Univ. of Berlin. Bamberger worked as a research professor at the Hochschule für die Wissenscraft des Judentums in 1926. From 1934-1938, Bamberger served as the director of the Berlin Jewish Teacher's Institute, the Berlin Jewish Lehrhaus as well as the director of the Board of Education for Jews in Berlin. From 1929-1932 he collaborated with Leo Strauss on the publication of Moses Mendelssohn's philosophical works in the Jubilaeumsausgabe. Bamberger came to the U.S. in 1939, teaching Jewish Philosophy at the Chicago College of Jewish Studies and at the Univ. of Chicago until 1942. In 1942, he joined the editorial board of Esquire, an influential men's magazine, as the director of editorial research. In 1948, Bamberger became the editorial director of the magazine. From 1952-1956, Bamberger was the editor-in-chief of Coronet, before becoming the executive director of Esquire, Inc., until 1961. Bamberger returned to academia in 1961 as the Assistant to the President of the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and as a Professor of Intellectual History, where he remained until his death in 1984. Bamberger served as the vice-president of the Leo Baeck Institute and was a member of the executive committee of the Frank L. Weil Institute for Studies in Religion and Humanities. He also served as the vice-chairman of the North American Branch of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. He contributed to many German, French, and American periodicals. Bamberger was author of the following: Die Einstehung des Wertproblems in der Philosophie des 19 Jahrhunderts (1924); Die Geistige Gestalt Moses Mendelssohns (1929); Das System des Maimonides (1935); Das neunte Schuljahr (1937); Zunz's Conception of History (1941); Leo Baeck: the Man and the Idea (1958); and Julius Guttman-Professor of Judaism (1961). Bamberger also edited the following works: Die Lehren des Judentums, 3 vols. (1928-1930); Moses Mendelssohns Gesammelte Schriften, 3 vols. (1929-1932); Herders Blaetter der Vorzeit (1936); Books are the Best Things (1962). He died on Sept. 21, 1984)
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