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«Bis dat, qui cito dat»

«Gegengabe» in Paremiology, Folklore, Language, and Literature – Honoring Wolfgang Mieder on His Seventieth Birthday

Christian Grandl and Kevin J. McKenna

Bis dat, qui cito dat – never has a proverb more aptly applied to an individual than does this Medieval Latin saying to Wolfgang Mieder. «He gives twice who gives quickly» captures the essence of his entire career, his professional as well as personal life. As a Gegengabe, this international festschrift honors Wolfgang Mieder on the occasion of his seventieth birthday for his contributions to world scholarship and his kindness, generosity, and philanthropy. Seventy-one friends and colleagues from around the world have contributed sixty-six essays in six languages to this volume, representative of the scope and breadth of his impressive scholarship in paremiology, folklore, language, and literature. This gift in return provides new insights from acknowledged experts from various fields of research.
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Narrative and Proverbial Artistry: Commemorating a Vanished Jewish Diaspora


Ilana Rosen

Introduction: Laying a Hand on Two Sacks of Wheat/Gold

Wolfgang Mieder is renowned for his expertise in paremiology and the promotion of its international scholarship via numerous projects, crowned by the Proverbium journal and its supplement series, both of which he edits. Somewhat less known (due to Mieder's self-effacing modesty) is his commitment to, and support of, Jewish studies with an emphasis on the Jewish communities and culture destroyed in the Holocaust. Mieder is a senior and active member of The Center for Holocaust Studies at The University of Vermont and has promoted the study and awareness of the exterminated European Jewish communities and individuals (& Scrase, 1996 & 2001; & Kahn Keimowitz, 1999; Scrase & Mieder, 2001). As a Holocaust narrative researcher, I wish to express my identification with this part of Mieder's activity by contributing to his 70th birthday festschrift an article about an exemplary Holocaust survivor, who devoted his stories and proverbs to the commemoration of his bygone, destroyed Jewish community.

Baruch Tsachor: Warrior, Worker, and Holocaust Memorialization Activist

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