Monday 13 February 2017


LEO LANDAU (August 1, 1877-1952)
            He was born in Veltitshka (Wieliczka), Galicia.  He studied in religious primary school and yeshivas, later in the Universities of Berlin, Zurich, Paris, and London.  In 1904 he received his doctoral degree.  He undertook numerous research projects in the field of Old Yiddish literature.  His most important work was: Arthurian Legends or the Hebrew-German Rhymed Version of the Legend of King Arthur (Leipzig, 1912), 150 pp.  Landau’s Yiddish research is slightly reduced in value inasmuch as the Yiddish text is rendered in Romanized transcription.

Sources: Max Weinreich, Shtaplen (Rungs) (Berlin, 1923), p. 182; M. Erik, Vegn alt-yidish roman un novele (On the Old Yiddish novel and novella) (Warsaw, 1926).

Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 319.

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