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Andrijauskas, Antanas


Habilitated doctor; head of the Department of Comparative Culture Studies at the Culture, Philosophy, and Arts Research Institute; Professor at Vilnius University and the Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts, president of the Lithuanian Aesthetic Association; and expert member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. More

Šapira, Nachmanas Chaimas

1894/1895 - 1943

Semitologist, historian of Jewish literature, Docent of Vytautas Magnus University (VMU), Professor of Vilnius University (VU), Hebrew language and literature researcher.  While living in Kaunas he has been doing researches on Jewish literature, Jewish–Lithuanian literary links and also since 1926 he was a head of Department of Semitology in University of Lithuania (now VMU). In this university N. Šapira taught several semitology courses (Arabic, Syriac, Aramaic languages, Comparative Grammar of the Semitic Languages, Quran, ect.), trained teachers for Jewish schools.

N. Šapira actively participated in the activities of “Lithuanian and Jewish Cultural Cooperation Society“, was a member of “ Hacionim haklaliim beLita“ (Kaunas section) – an organization of Sionists in Lithuania. This organization tried to improve More

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