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The Jewish scholar and orientalist Lazarus Goldschmidt was born in Lithuania in 1871. After finishing his rabbinical education in Lithuania, Goldschmidt moved to Berlin, where he studied at Berlin University from 1890 on, graduating with a specialty in Oriental languages. He went on to translate and annotate a variety of Talmudic and other Jewish works, ultimately translating the complete Babylonian Talmud into German: a project that started with an initial publication in Leipzig in 1897 and was completed in London in 1935. Lazarus Goldschmidt died in London in 1950.

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Lazarus Goldschmidt : Oil painting by A. Galliner, Leo Baeck Institute, F 14498.