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Levison, Wilhelm (1876–1947), historian and philologist, was born on 27 May 1876 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the elder son of the two children of Hermann Levison (1839–1886), merchant, and his wife, Josephine Goldschmidt (1845–1916). The Levison family, whose origins in Siegburg are traceable at least to the end of the seventeenth century, was by the mid-nineteenth century an assimilated German Jewish family, and consequently ...