This Day in Jewish History / German literary great Heinrich Heine is born
The German romantic poet and writer is remembered unfavorably by many Jews for his conversion to Christianity.
December 13, 1797, is the birthday of Heinrich (ne Harry) Heine, one of the greatest German poets, who in his time was no less known for his political writing and journalism, and who is remembered unfavorably by many Jews for his having converted to Christianity. In fact, Heine was profoundly engaged with issues of his Jewish identity both before and after his conversion, which was prompted by the hope it would...
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