A Clash of Heroes: Brandeis, Weizmann, and American Zionism by Ben Halpern

By Ben Halpern

Chaim Weizmann, steeped within the folks tradition of the East ecu shtetl and the humanistic technological know-how of imperative and Western Europe, used to be the ambassador of the Jewish humans to the English-speaking global. Louis D. Brandeis, however, was once referred to as the genuine exponent of Anglo-American civic tradition who gave his management at a serious second to the yank and international Jewish neighborhood. A conflict of Heroes stories the clash among those dominant personalities, every one of whom has been hailed by way of committed fans because the hero of an important period in contemporary Jewish heritage. Halpern units the assembly, collaboration, and sharp clash among those males opposed to the moving historical past of a global at conflict and the shaky travail of revolution and reconstruction within the early twentieth century. via a comparability of 2 exemplary figures in Jewish management, Halpern paints a charming portrait of 20th-century Zionism and illuminates the complicated relationships among leaders and the general public and among Jewish nationalism and its prolonged atmosphere.

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He therefore proposed to organize an Institute of Summer Vacation Weizmann 37 Courses in Europe as a preliminary step and launched a strenuous campaign together with Buber on behalf of that plan; but here, too, support and cooperation lagged badly. Another major project, the new journal Der Jude, bogged down for lack of funds and because of personal difficulties between the editors, Buber and Feiwel. Finally, until the end of 1903, Weizmann worked to reconvene a youth conference for the Democratic Faction, growing steadily more embittered at the indolence and unresponsiveness of his comrades in Russia.

21 He ran the organization he called into being on principles of strongly presidential government, virtually as his personal instrument. He himself conducted its main activity, the approaches to the Ottoman and major European courts. The WZO's periodical publication, Die Welt, was launched and financed in good part at Herzl's own expense and with his father's generous support. He got meager help and advice—he asked for little—from his Vienna group of close associates who formed the Smaller Action Committee.

31 So, too, his opposition to Herzl's single-mindedly political Zionism did not make him, like Ahad Ha'am, an equally single-minded cultural Zionist or an apolitical supporter of small-scale colonization along the old lines. Weizmann and his friends watched with keen hope Herzl's mysterious negotiations in 1902 concerning a charter for colonization in Palestine or Mesopotamia and in 1903 concerning the Sinai area of El-Arish. When Herzl's failures had to be publicly conceded, their disappointment was real—but so was their anger at the show of optimism that they felt had concealed the actual situation from the world and from active Zionists.

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