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Leo Loewenstein was born to a Jewish family in Aachen in 1879. He studied chemistry and in 1913 invented a method for sound ranging. This was implemented during World War I while he was an officer for the German army. He was awared an Iron Cross and later served as chairman of the Reichsbund jüdischer Frontsoldaten (Reich Federation of Jewish Front Soldiers). In 1943 he was deported to Theresienstadt, which he survived. After the war he lived in Sweden and then in Switzerland. Leo Loewenstein died on a business trip in Israel in 1956.

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Leo Loewenstein, Leo Baeck Institute, F 19844.