Deutsch, Siegmund Hermann

Deutsch, Siegmund Hermann a missionary among the Jews, was born of Jewish parentage in 1791, at Peiskretscham, in Upper Silesia. Besides a Talmudical, he also received a secular education, and at the age of twenty-one was enrolled among the students of the Breslau University, where he devoted himself entirely to mathematics and astronomy. To avoid a lengthened military service, he early volunteered for the Prussian army, and in a short time was made an artillery-officer. The rising in Greece enkindled his youthful energy and ardor, and, with a few like-minded companions, he left for that country. In 1824 he came back to Berlin, and attended the sermons of the famous' Gossner. Having publicly professed his faith in Christianity, he attended the lectures of the distinguished Neander. In 1828 he was appointed to labor among the Jews at Warsaw, and in 1830 was stationed at Breslau, where he also attended the theological lectures of the different professors. In 1833 he again returned to Warsaw, and remained till 1853, when this field had to be given up, in consequence of an imperial ukase. From Poland, Mr. Deutsch went to Nuremberg, to labor there among the Jews. He died October 1, 1864. See The (Lond.) Jewish Herald, 1864; Delitzsch, Saatauf Hoffnung (Erlangen, 1864), II, 3:33 sq. (B.P.)

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