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Born in Lissa (Leszno, Poland) on May 24, 1873, Leo Baeck studied at the universities of Breslau and Berlin, the Juedisch-theologisches Seminar, Breslau, and the Hochschule fuer die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin. He received his doctorate in 1895 and rabbinical ordination in 1897, serving as a rabbi in Oppeln, Duesseldorf, and Berlin. He also lectured at the Hochschule and from 1933 to 1942 served as president of the Reichsvertretung der deutschen Juden. Baeck was deported to Theresienstadt in 1943 and emigrated to Great Britain in 1945, where he became chairman of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and first president of the Leo Baeck Institute. Leo Baeck died in London on November 1, 1956.

The dentist Julius Landek was born in Hamburg, grew up in Poland, and was educated in Vienna. From 1941 to 1945 , he survived forced labor in the Ghetto of Lvov, Poland. Landek immigrated to New York in 1947, working as an audiologist at Harlem Hospital until his retirement.

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Landek, Julius: Portrait of Leo Baeck, Leo Baeck Institute, 82.492.