f i ENCYCLOPAEDIA JUDAICA ENCYCLOPAEDIA JUDAICA SECOND EDITION VOLUME 19 Som-Tn Fred Skolnik, Editor in Chief Michael Berenbaum, Executive Editor MACIVIILLAN REFERENCE USA An imprint of Thomson Gale, a part of The Thomson Corporation IN ASSOCIATION WITH KETER PUBLISHING HOUSE LTD., JERUSALEM THOMSON * TWI Detroit • New York • San Francisco « New Haven, Conn. He specialized in economic and financial law and published several books on these subjects in Polish (1924-28).» Waterville, Maine • London * TM ENCYCLOPAEDIA JUDAICA, Second Edition Fred Skolnik, Editor in Chief Michael Berenbaum, Executive Editor Shlomo S. Sommerstein took part in the establish- ment of the * World Jewish Congress.(Yosh) Gafni, Editorial Project Manager Rachel Gilon, Editorial Project Planning and Control Thomson Gale Gordon Macomber, President Frank Menchaca, Senior Vice President and Publisher Jay Flynn, Publisher Helene Potter, Publishing Director Keter Publishing House Yiphtach Dekel, Chief Executive Officer Peter Tomkins, Executive Project Director Complete staff listings appear in Volume 1 ©2007 Keter Publishing House Ltd. Thomson, Star Logo and Macmillan Reference USA are trademarks and Gale is a registered trademark used herein under license. At the end of Septem- ber 1939, with the entry of the Soviet army into Lvov, he was arrested and taken to Kiev.
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Encyclopaedia Judaica / Fred Skolnik, editor-in-chief ; Michael Berenbaum, executive editor. He was a member of the editorial board of the central Jewish or- gan, Dos Naye Lebn y which commenced publication in liber- ated Poland.
Due to him, the Jew- ish Academic House, the first of its kind in Europe, was es- tablished in Lvov in 1910.
He was active in several Jewish institutions and or- ganizations, especially economic ones.
Sommer immigrated to the United States, where he died. He was a member of the Polish Sejm from 1922 until 1939 (with a break from 1927-29).
He managed to survive and after the liberation returned to Vienna. He later played a leading role in the Galician Zionist Federation, of which he became chairman.