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The German author and philosopher Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781) was the most outstanding representative of German Enlightenment. He preached tolerance towards the Jews and was a friend of Moses Mendelssohn.

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Aarland, Johann Carl Wilhelm: Portrait of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), Leo Baeck Institute, 78.98.