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Moses Hirschel

Moses Hirschel German chess player

German chess player
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Intro German chess player
A.K.A. Christian Moritz Hirschel
Was Chess player Author
From Germany
Type Literature Sports
Gender male
Birth 13 September 1754, Wrocław, People's Republic of Poland
Death 1823 (aged 68 years)
Star sign VirgoVirgo
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Maskil Moses Hirschel (13 September 1754, Breslau – ca. 1823) was a German writer and chess author.

Hirschel was a representative of the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment, in Kingdom of Prussia toward the end of the 18th century.

He published the first German translation of the chess writings of Gioachino Greco, together with a re-edition of Philipp Stamma in Das Schach des Herrn Giochimo Greco Calabrois und die Schachspiel Geheimniße des Arabers Philipp Stamma übersezt, verbeßert und nach einer ganz neuen Methode zur Erleichterung der Spielenden umgearbeitet (Breslau 1784, Nachdruck Zürich: Olms 1979 und 1987). Hirschel's translation of the two chess classics was significant as their publication helped to popularize algebraic notationin Germany.

He also wrote Ueber das Schachspiel, dessen Nutzen, Gebrauch und Mißbrauch, psychologisch, moralisch und scientisisch erörtert (Breslau 1791).

Hirschel also published the following polemic works which were influential in the inner Jewish debates of the late 18th Century: Kampf der Jüdischen Hierarchie (Breslau 1789); Jüdische Intoleranz und Fanatismus in Breslau (1789); Patriotische Bemerkungen (1790); Ueber die Allzufrühen Ehen der Jüdischen Nation (Breslau 1790); Biographie des Jüdischen Gelehrten und Dichters Ephraim Moses Kuh (Zurich, 1791); Apologie der Menschenrechte (Zurich, 1793); Vier Briefe über Schlesien (Breslau 1796).

Disappointed with the lack of reform within the Breslau Rabbinat at the time, Hirschel converted to Catholicism in 1803 taking the name "Christian Moritz Herschel".

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http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?letter=H&artid=785
http://www.haskala.net/autoren/hirschel01/biographie.html
https://books.google.com/books?id=Z_QWAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover
https://authority.bibsys.no/authority/rest/authorities/html/90134620
https://d-nb.info/gnd/144000784
http://isni.org/isni/0000000400144282
http://data.bibliotheken.nl/id/thes/p12624362X
https://viaf.org/viaf/5305084
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/viaf-5305084
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