Stamp – Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) stamp
The stamp issued December 2001 for the "Heine in Jerusalem International Conference," features the portrait of the poet painted by Moritz Oppenheim (1831). Hein's name in Hebrew, English, and Arabic appears above the illustration of the original cover of "Romanzero," a collection of some of Hein's most beautiful poetry. On the tab appear two lines from Jewish poet, Jehuda ben Halevy's " ... Yearning for Jerusalem."
Hayyim Heine, was one of the greatest lyric poets (composer of musical poetry) in the German language, and Germany's outstanding but controversial Jewish writer, political/religious satirist, journalist and critic. His most famous German songs were, Lorelei, On Wings of Song, and The Book of Songs (1827). The Book of Songs has been set to music by great composers, such as Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, and Wagner. Heine's influence has been traced in practically every Western literature and his poems have been translated into most languages including Hebrew. Yet the memorial of the poet and his work were marred by anti-Semitiem.
The stamp with an information sheet are enclosed in a plastic protection sheet