Der KOZENN-Atlas im Nahen Osten die Hebräischen und Arabischen Ausgaben für den Staat Israel

Translated title of the contribution: The KOZENN-Atlas in the Middle East. The Hebrew and Arabic Editions for the State of Israel

Moshe Brawer*, Ingrid Kretschmer

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Since 1861 an Austrian schoolatlas is produced in Vienna, which is named after the Slovenian born teacher Blasius KOZENN. This schoolatlas is updated continously by the Geographical Institute Ed. HÖLZEL and up to recent times it marks a leading product of Austrian schoolcartography. This schoolatlas, called KOZENN-Atlas, up to the end of First World War (1918) was published in German, Czech, Polish, Croatian and Italian versions and was one of the most widely spread and used schoolatlases in Continental Europe. The Jewish geographer Abraham Jacob BRAWER, who studied geography and history at the University of Vienna 1905 up to 1909 came across this esteemed KOZENN-Atlas, emigrated to Jerusalem in 1911 and transfered modern geography to Palestine. In his library in Jerusalem he had several editions of this schoolatlas. When his son Moshe BRAWER came to Vienna in 1945 as a War Correspondent he by coincidence found a copy of the 61 st edition (1944) in a Viennese bookshop and immediately decided to order a Hebrew edition by the institute Ed. HÖLZEL. There were several obstacles to overcome, in particular financing the project and transliteration of geographical names. When these problems were solved, this objective had been persued with tenacity. The first (reduced) Hebrew version of this schoolatlas was published in Vienna soon after the State of Israel had come into being (May 1948) in 1950. Since 1955 all Hebrew versions are printed in Tel Aviv (licence agreement), since 1990 also an Arabic version for Israel is produced. Since then numerous new Hebrew and Arabic editions have been published, all with the cartographic material of the institute Ed. HÖLZEL in Vienna. Close scientific and economic ties between Vienna and Tel Aviv continue over more than 60 years. The Hebrew and Arabic versions of the KOZENN-Atlas are the most widely used atlases in Israel.

Translated title of the contributionThe KOZENN-Atlas in the Middle East. The Hebrew and Arabic Editions for the State of Israel
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)317-338
Number of pages22
JournalMitteilungen der Osterreichischen Geographischen Gesellscaft
Issue number150
StatePublished - 2008


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