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Biographical/Historical Information

The historian, teacher, and author, Martin Philippson was born in Magdeburg in 1846, son of the educator and rabbi Ludwig Philippson. Martin Philippson studied in Bonn, but since his academic career was blocked in Germany, he went to Belgium, where he was elected Rector of the Free University in Brussels. He then moved to Berlin, where he worked as a freelance academic researcher and helped establishing a society for the advancement of Jewish Studies, “Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaft des Judentums” in 1902.He was also active to benefit the Jewish community in Berlin. Martin Philippson died in Berlin in 1916.

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Martin Philippson / Wohlfahrtskarte des Deutsch-Israelitischen Gemeindebunds, Berlin, Leo Baeck Institute, F 2757.