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

By Ben Halpern

Chaim Weizmann, steeped within the people tradition of the East eu shtetl and the humanistic technological know-how of principal and Western Europe, used to be the ambassador of the Jewish humans to the English-speaking global. Louis D. Brandeis, nevertheless, 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 group. A conflict of Heroes reviews the clash among those dominant personalities, every one of whom has been hailed through committed fans because the hero of a vital period in fresh Jewish heritage. Halpern units the assembly, collaboration, and sharp clash among those males opposed to the moving heritage of a global at warfare 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 captivating 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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Old ties and personal affinities could be set aside in the revival of an activist mood, which Herzl so splendidly symbolized, but they did not fade into oblivion. As years passed with no brilliant success and no prospect of action that could be shared by Herzl's followers, some of his policies proved increasingly distasteful. The alliances Herzl seemed to prefer and his methods of leadership were felt to hamper efforts to recruit young, intellectual Zionists. Weizmann and his friends moved into a position of ever-more open opposition.

Everything . . " In any case he was relieved of any pressure from Ahad Ha'am when the latter announced that he was retiring from public affairs for a period of self-examination and therefore could not participate. In the following months Herzl and Weizmann's young Zionists made their peace, and the conference was held in conjunction with the WZO Congress in December 1901. 26 In the months before the Zionist Youth Conference, Weizmann had still been striving to soothe the irritated, recalcitrant Motzkin.

Herzl's pamphlet, Der Judenstaat, made its primary appeal to Zionists by its clear-cut nationalist analysis and solution of the Jewish problem and by its bracing, imaginative description of the process through which it would be accomplished. It also contained a strategy for gaining Ottoman consent and the support of the Great Powers by combining the Turkish need to finance their national debt with the interest of the European nations in a rational plan to move Jews out of some countries without adding excessively to their number in others.

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