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date: 20 January 2020

Wolfson, Harry Austrynlocked

(02 November 1887–19 September 1974)
  • Henry D. Shapiro

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Wolfson, Harry Austryn (02 November 1887–19 September 1974), scholar of Hebrew literature and historian of philosophy, was born Zvi Glembotsky in Ostrin, province of Vilna, Russian Poland, the son of Mendel “Max” Glembotsky, an uncertified teacher of Russian, and Sarah Savitzky, later a shopkeeper. Mendel’s brother Beryl Velvel in Cincinnati took the name Wolfson—“vel” is “wolf” in Yiddish—so the rest of the family became Wolfsons when they arrived in the United States. At the age of fourteen Harry was sent away from home to study, eventually at the famous yeshiva at Slobodka. In 1903 he immigrated to the United States....

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