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"The Rare Book Collection of Frank L. Herz" focuses on the famous Renaissance controversy between the Christian Hebraist Johannes Reuchlin and the anti-Jewish agitator Johannes Pfefferkorn, who was trying to lobby for the destruction of all Jewish books. The books were collected by Frank L. Herz. He was born in Heilbronn in 1908 and passed away in 2006. His mother was the sister of Paul Levi, a close friend and lawyer of Rosa Luxemburg. Frank L. Herz, who was also a lawyer, arrived with his family in New York in 1935, where he and his brother worked in the family owned business of leather goods. When he retired he became devoted to humanism, especially Renaissance humanism, and started to study the Reuchlin-Pfefferkorn controversy.
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