Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hanoch Albeck and his Anarchist Side: His reasons for refusal the Israel Prize

Hanoch Albeck was awarded the coveted Israel Prize in 1957, just 4 years after the prize was introduced in 1953. As a matter of principle, Albeck refused to accept the award and the handsome cash (tax-free) prize that comes with it. His reasoning was twofold: 1. The abundance of prizes given out, made the importance of any prize almost valueless. 2. The heavy tax burden placed on the general population do not justify the use of them for such questionable reasons and I would fear to get any benefit from such monies.
Here is the original newspaper article.

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