By Ben Halpern
Chaim Weizmann, steeped within the folks tradition of the East ecu shtetl and the humanistic technological know-how of valuable and Western Europe, used to be the ambassador of the Jewish humans to the English-speaking global. Louis D. Brandeis, nevertheless, used to be often called the genuine exponent of Anglo-American civic tradition who gave his management at a serious second to the yank and international Jewish group. A conflict of Heroes experiences the clash among those dominant personalities, each one of whom has been hailed via committed fans because the hero of a vital period in fresh Jewish historical past. Halpern units the assembly, collaboration, and sharp clash among those males opposed to the moving history 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 surroundings.
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Extra resources for A Clash of Heroes: Brandeis, Weizmann, and American Zionism (Studies in Jewish History)
The issue arose sharply Weizmann 29 in the case of Nachman Syrkin, who had staked out an independent ideological position at the Zionist congresses, in provocative lectures in Zurich and Berne, and in his manifesto, The Socialist Jewish State (first published in 1898). Syrkin wished to combine a Zionist-socialist cooperativist program in Palestine (or another territory, if Palestine proved unattainable) with socialdemocratic agitation a la Bund in Russia and other Diaspora lands. He now organized a socialist-Zionist group and wished to attend the Zionist Youth Conference—after having announced his withdrawal from the WZO.
His laboratory discoveries had not been taken up for production by the Bayer works, and his retainer from them was no longer available. Another retainer offered by Shriro for research he might do in petroleum chemistry was withdrawn after the Sixth Zionist Congress, where the two adopted opposing stands. He was painfully aware that his scientific research had been interrupted recently by his immersion in Zionist labors; and he saw no assured future in the GermanSwiss university world. His visit to Russia in April 1904 left him deeply depressed about the bleak prospect for Jews in the Pale of Settlement.
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.