Dear List Members,

                                                                                            Moriz Winternitz (1863-1937)
I would like to inform the list members that this year marks the 150th birth anniversary of Moriz Winternitz. Winternitz was born at Horn in Lower Austria on 23rd December 1863. An avid German Indologist he was a professor of Indology and Ethnology at the Charles University of Prague. He is known to us not only that he authored the three volume History of Indian Literature, but that he was the second visiting professor at Santiniketan (1922-23) and importantly, a great friend of Rabindranath. He wrote a book on Tagore's Religion and World Vision.
His birth anniversary is going to be celebrated this year in his hometown Horn. I went there in 2011 to discover in this small town a closed down Jewish Cemetery (Winternitz was a Jew), where I had the opportunity to identify Winternitz’s parents’ graves. After this the town authority renovated the cemetery, and planned to set up a stone plaque in their museum which was formerly the school where Winternitz read in.
I also spoke to our Indian Ambassador in Prague last November 2013 in Prague, who also promised to celebrate his birth anniversary.
The Asiatic Society, Kolkata is supposed to arrange a lecture on him very soon.                                                                     
I wonder if any institution or groups decide celebrating his 150th birth anniversary any time during 2013-2014.
Debabrata Chakrabarti

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