German historian; born in Rawitsch July 9, 1849; son of Rabbi Solomon Brann. He studied at the University of Breslau, attending at the same time the rabbinical seminary of that city, and was graduated from the university in 1873 and from the seminary in 1875. Subsequently he acted as rabbi and teacher in various places until 1891, when, on the death of Professor Graetz, he was called to the chair of history and Biblical exegesis in the Breslau Jewish theological seminary.
Brann has written: "De Herodis Magni Filiis, Patrem in Imperio Secutis" (part i., Breslau, 1873)—his doctoral dissertation, of which the second part appeared in German under the title, "Die Söhne des Herodes" (1873); "Geschichte der Gesellschaft der Brüder [Ḥebra Ḳaddisha] in Breslau," 1880; "Geschichte der Juden und Ihrer Literatur," a text-book of Jewish history (vol. i. 1893, 2d ed. 1896; vol. ii. 1894, 2d ed. 1899); "Geschichte des Rabbinats in Schneidemühl," 1894; "Ein Kurzer Gang Durch die Jüdische Geschichte." 1895; "Ein Kurzer Gang Durch die Geschichte der Jüdischen Literatur," 1896; "Lehrbuch der Jüdischen Geschichte" (vol. i. 1900;vol. ii. 1901; vol. iii, 1902); "Geschichte der Juden in Schlesien," 3 parts, 1895-1901.
Since 1890 Brann has edited a Jewish almanac, "Jahrbuch zur Belehrung und Unterhaltung," and from 1892 until the death of David Kaufmann was joint editor with him of the "Monatsschrift für Geschichte und Wissenschaft des Judenthums," which had been discontinued for several years; since 1899 he is sole editor. In 1900 Brann edited, with F. Rosenthal, a memorial volume in honor of his colleague, "Gedenkbuch zur Erinnerung an David Kaufmann," Breslau, 1900.