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Martin Buber was born in Vienna in 1878. He was a Jewish philospher, best known for his "philosophy of dialogue." In 1930 he became an honorary professor at the department of History at the University of Frankfurt but left in 1933 when Adolf Hitler became chancellor. He left Germany in 1938 for Palestine. Buber was one of the founders of the Leo Baeck Institute in 1955. He died in Jerusalem in 1965.

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Martin Buber / photograph by Gertrude Samuels, Leo Baeck Institute, F 11514.