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LEHMANN, JOSEPH:

German journalist; born at Glogau Dec. 28, 1801; died at Berlin Feb. 19, 1873. At the age of fifteen he found his way to Berlin, and secured a position as office-boy in a banking-house. He studied assiduously, and strove to gain a footing in literature through the channel of journalism. From 1827 to 1842 he occupied an editorial position on the "Preussische Staatszeitung." In 1832 he established the "Magazin für die Literatur des In- und Auslandes," published as a supplement to the "Staatszeitung" until 1842, when it was issued as a separate publication, which occupied a unique position as an intermediary between German literature and that of non-German countries.

Lehmann was for several decades president of the Gesellschaft der Freunde in Berlin, founded in 1792 by the Mendelssohnian group. He took an active part in the establishment of the Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judenthums, and contributed materially to the poor students' fund of the Jewish Theological Seminary at Breslau.

Bibliography:
  • Allg. Zeit. des Jud. 1873, p. 155.
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