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There I learned that my Father, my wife, my only child Joseph and two of my three sisters had suffered martyrdom in Auschwitz. Paul Horvath (nee Elizabeth Klein) and her husband have survived.
After my return I decided to write an etymological dictionary of the English language, the language which I had loved and admired since my early childhood.
Blessed be the Eternal Who granted me life and sustenance and permitted me to write and complete this etymological dictionary, whose first volume is just leaving the press.
This dictionary is a modest tribute of my devotion to Canada, the country whose citizen I am proud to be, the country in which the spirit of the Bible has dominion from Sea to Sea, the coun- try in which the Human Rights are a happy, living reality, a reality called upon to serve as a shining example to mankind.
In many other cases the etymology is not given either, but the origin of the respec- X tive word is referred to by such vague terms as 'of uncertain etymology', or 'probably of Orien- tal origin', etc., whereas their provenance is very well known. Bense, Dictionary of the Low Dutch element in the English Vocabulary. Carnoy, Albert, Dictionnaire etymologique de la mythologie greco-romaine, Louvam.
My dictionary contains the ety- mology of several hundred such words. Berneker, E., Slavisches etymologisches Worterbuch, vol. Devic M Dictionnaire etymologique des mots francais derives de l'arabe, Pans, 1876; published also in Supplement to E.
It is so much the more to be regretted that modern lexicography has remained far behind the achievements of philology.
As a rule, even the most authoritative English etymological dictionaries give such etymologies as reflect the level reached by philology about half a century ago.
After the liberation from the latter place by Amerian troops in 1945, 1 returned home to find only the ruins of what had once been the flourishing Jewish com- munity of Nov6 Zamky.
WHO DIED A MARTYR OF HIS FAITH IN AUSCHWITZ IN 1944; ANDTOTHESACRED MEMORY OF MY WIFE AND OF MY ONLY CHILD JOSEPH (H AYYI M ISRAEL) WHO ALSO FELL VICTIMS TO NAZISM IN AUSCHWITZ IN 1944 Preface To know the origin of words is to know the cultural history of mankind.
In infinite humility I bend the knee and bow before the Eternal Who gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might increases strength.
May this dictionary, which plastically shows the affinity and interrelationship of the nations of the world in the way in which their languages developed, contribute to bringing them nearer to one another in the sincere pursuit of peace on earth — which was one of my cardinal aims in writing this dictionary. Ernest Klein Introduction Since my youth I have devoted myself to philology, with special regard to etymology.
The reasons inducing me to write 'A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language' may be summed up as follows : It is a well-known fact that in the course of the last sixty years philology has attained a high degree of development.