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M. Friedländer, Ph.D.

Vienna, Austria.

LESSING, GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM – German poet and critic; born Jan. 22, 1729, at Kamenz, Upper Lusatia; died Feb. 15, 1781, at Brunswick.Toleration and a striving after freedom of thought led him to condemn all positive religions in so far as they laid claim to...