By Mark A. Raider

The existence, occupation, and legacy of Nahum Goldmann (1895–1982), some of the most colourful and demanding Zionist leaders of the 20th century, are totally printed during this illuminating choice of essays. American, Israeli, and ecu students communicate to the numerous aspects of Goldmann, together with his upbringing, upward thrust within the overseas public area as a most popular suggest for Jewish lifestyles and the Zionist company, and his function as an elder statesman within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. frequently sooner than his time, Goldmann proved hugely influential at a number of severe old junctures—on the eve of the production of the Jewish kingdom, he performed a key function articulating Israel’s courting with diaspora Jewry, postwar Germany, and the Arab global. This quantity captures Goldmann in all his complexity, whereas making this crucial determine and his time available to researchers, scholars, and readers.

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His attention continued to be focused mainly on themes that evolved outside of Israel. ( The contact with the Jews living in the Soviet Union was a major theme in Goldmann’s public activities from the 1950s onward. 5 million), in any case the largest Jewish concentration in Europe. 144 The consent of the Soviet authorities was an obvious condition for any dealings with the Russian Jews, and Goldmann had sought to establish contact with the Soviet government since the early 1950s, trying to capitalize on the measure of good will that the Soviet Union had demonstrated in the establishment of Israel.

In his later years, Goldmann remained well aware of a factor that most Jews and Israelis apparently preferred to forget: that the German side had taken steps to repair the shattered German-Jewish relationship on its own, that it was an act of will within the German public establishment, and that no one could have forced the Germans to do so. VII. Personal Relationships A gregarious man who enjoyed company and excelled in personal contacts, Goldmann prided himself on his many friends. In his later years, his network of acquaintances was indeed worldwide.

Last, in Israel official and public bodies were formed to deal with the same question. One was Lishkat Hakesher (Liaison Office), created in the 1950s and formally a branch of the Foreign Ministry, which kept discreet international contacts and developed background activities; the other was Maoz, established in the early 1960s, which concentrated on public activities. ”145 Amongst the three entities—Goldmann’s WJC, the Americans, and the Israelis—differences emerged both regarding aims and tactics.

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