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Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch - born in Hamburg in 1808 - was called to the rabbinate of Nikolsburg, Moravia (Mikulov, Czech Republic) in 1846 and advanced one year later to become chief rabbi of Moravia and Austrian Silesia. He also was a member of the Moravian parliament (“Landtag”), where he campaigned for civil rights for Jews. In 1851, Hirsch moved to Frankfurt/M. to head the separatist Orthodox group in that widely Reform community. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch died in Frankfurt in 1888.

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Samson Raphael Hirsch : k.k. Mährisch & Schlesischer Landes Ober Rabiner; [1847 ?], Leo Baeck Institute, F 24450.