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Today’s Birthday: LUDWIG LAZARUS “L. L.” ZAMENHOF (1859)

Ludwig Lazarus “L. L.” Zamenhof (1859)

Born and raised in Bialystok, a city on the PolishRussian border populated by Poles, Germans, and Belarusians, Zamenhof was profoundly affected by the ethnic conflict he witnessed all around him. In his estimation, the primary cause of such conflict was mutual misunderstanding. Thus, he reasoned, removing communication barriers would foster peace. To this end, the young doctor and linguist devoted himself to developing an international language called “Esperanto,” which means what?More… Discuss