Dov Sadan

Dov Sadan
Date of birth 21 February 1902
Place of birth Brody, Austria-Hungary
Year of aliyah 1925
Date of death 14 October 1989(1989-10-14) (aged 87)
Knessets 6
Faction represented in Knesset
1965–1968 Alignment

Professor Dov Sadan (Hebrew: דב סדן, born Dov Stock on 21 February 1902, died 14 October 1989) was an Israeli academic and politician who served as a member of the Knesset for the Alignment between 1965 and 1968.


Born in Brody in the Galicia region of Austria-Hungary (today in Ukraine, from 1919 to 1939 in Poland), Sadan received a traditional Jewish education. He joined HeHalutz, and was one of its leaders during World War I. In 1925 he became editor of Atid, the organisation's journal.

After making aliyah to Mandatory Palestine in 1925, he joined Davar, becoming a member of its editorial board in 1927. He also edited the paper's literary supplement. After leaving Davar in 1944 he became a member of the editorial board at the Am Oved publishing house.

In 1952 he was appointed head of Yiddish Studies faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a post he held until 1970, and in 1963 became a professor. In 1965 he was elected to the Knesset on the Alignment list, and became a member of the Education and Culture Committee. However, he resigned his seat in 1968, and was replaced by David Golomb.[1] Also in 1965 he began teaching Hebrew literature at Tel Aviv University, where he worked until 1970. He was also a member of the Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

He died in 1989 at the age of 87.


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