By Ben Halpern

Chaim Weizmann, steeped within the folks tradition of the East ecu shtetl and the humanistic technology of relevant and Western Europe, was once the ambassador of the Jewish humans to the English-speaking international. Louis D. Brandeis, nevertheless, was once often called the genuine exponent of Anglo-American civic tradition who gave his management at a serious second to the yankee and international Jewish group. A conflict of Heroes reviews the clash among those dominant personalities, every one of whom has been hailed via dedicated fans because the hero of a very important period in contemporary Jewish historical past. Halpern units the assembly, collaboration, and sharp clash among those males opposed to the transferring heritage of a global at battle 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 advanced relationships among leaders and the general public and among Jewish nationalism and its prolonged setting.

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On returning to Geneva from London, Weizmann sent Ussishkin proposals for the future organization of the Nay-Sayers, including the plan for using his academic working group as their intelligence and propaganda staff. But Ussishkin saw no point in maintaining a separate academic unit and continued to urge that they merge with the general Russian Zionist body. Although he shared Weizmann's views on the appropriate form and policies of a reorganized WZO, he had his own plan to lay before the Nay-Sayers and did not need to refer to Weizmann's draft.

A new phase of growth, fostered as well by other circumstances, had begun. When Theodor Herzl issued his call for a Zionist congress, the young activists found the occasion they had been seeking to reinvigorate the movement. Others did not share such ready enthusiasm; their welcome of the new recruit was shaded with wariness of his leadership and alarm at his polemical stance. 19 His congress threatened the leadership of notables in the Jewish community. He attacked their method of resettlement in Palestine by infiltration, through semicovert loopholes, instead of seeking a clear basis in Turkish public law.

This activity, he recalls, delayed his visit to Moscow, where, in turn, he had to stay an additional day and so missed the congress opening—without having managed to market his chemical discovery. In Brest-Litovsk he then met his father, who offered him the funds to get to the congress before it ended; but in his personal disappointment and his reluctance to burden the family further, as he explains, he did not accept. " In September Weizmann returned not to Berlin, but to the Swiss University of Fribourg, where his mentor had taken up an appointment.

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