A Jewish Painter between Reform, Judaism, and Zionism: Wachtel’s Portrait of Abraham Kohn
Abraham Kohn, the first Reform (Progressive) rabbi of Lemberg/Lviv, died at the age of forty-one in 1848 under unclear circumstances. His death triggered long-lasting speculations among various members of the Lemberg Jewish community. Was his death a murder and, if it was, than who was guilty? Discussions of that question have lasted until present day. Historians have advanced different answers trying to understand the realities of the Galician Jewish community in the 19th century and the religious life of Lemberg, the center of the eastern province of the Habsburg Austrian Empire, in which Abraham Kohn appeared so vibrantly and disappeared so suddenly...
Jewish Art, painter, Judaism, Zionism, Abraham Kohn, Wilhelm Wachtel, article
Simferovska A. O. A Jewish Painter between Reform, Judaism, and Zionism: Wachtel’s Portrait of Abraham Kohn / Anastasiia O. Simferovska // Judaica Ukrainica : Annual Journal of Jewish Studies. - 2015. - Vol. 4. - P. 53-66.