Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jeremy Gaige and Jewish History

Jeremy Gaige's indispensible Chess Personalia: A Biobibliography is a wonderful research tool for chess historians, but one would not think it contains shocking data. But a careful reading shows that it does -- to those who know where to look and who can recognize what the birth and death dates and places really mean.

Below is how the entries of Abraham Ibn Ezra (who wrote the famous poem about chess), Salo Landau (who perished in Auschwitz) and David Przepiorka (who died -- probably -- in the Lodz ghetto) appear. Many death dates and locations in Gaige's Chess Personalia are, in reality, silent witnesses to the victims of the holocaust.

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