By Ben Halpern
Chaim Weizmann, steeped within the people tradition of the East eu shtetl and the humanistic technological know-how of important and Western Europe, was once the ambassador of the Jewish humans to the English-speaking global. Louis D. Brandeis, nonetheless, was once referred to as the real exponent of Anglo-American civic tradition who gave his management at a severe second to the yank and international Jewish neighborhood. A conflict of Heroes reports the clash among those dominant personalities, each one of whom has been hailed via committed fans because the hero of a vital period in contemporary Jewish historical past. Halpern units the assembly, collaboration, and sharp clash among those males opposed to the transferring historical past of an international at struggle 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 setting.
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At the Youth Conference Weizmann leveled unaccustomed sharp criticism at Motzkin. He then appeared at the congress with Vera Khatzman on his arm, greatly distressing Getzova and scandalizing her friends. At this point of mutual resentment, another quarrel arose between the two men. Nachman Syrkin. whose socialist-Zionists chose to meet at the same time in Basle, initiated discussions in which Weizmann and others joined privately, without 30 A CLASH OF HEROES formal approval of their group. Syrkin's proposal—to apply pressure on nonZionist Jewish philanthropic agencies and compel them to conduct their work of aiding emigrants in conformity with a nationalist strategy—was extreme.
Though other senior Russian leaders looked askance at an autonomous youth group in their midst, Weizmann developed close ties to Bernstein-Kohan, whose special role in the Zionist federation made him particularly congenial. This association was remarked by the Russian police, who kept a close watch on all unauthorized activities; one police report referred to Weizmann's role as "agitator" for Zionist elements led by the notorious Dr. Bernstein-Kohan, a man with a police file going back to his expulsion from the university in Petrograd in 1881.
Syrkin's proposal—to apply pressure on nonZionist Jewish philanthropic agencies and compel them to conduct their work of aiding emigrants in conformity with a nationalist strategy—was extreme. But still it was an example of the democracy in action Motzkin had always advocated; it even enjoyed a measure of Herzl's sympathy, though not support. However, Motzkin branded any association with the subversive Syrkin as no less than treasonable, ignoring Weizmann's pleas that his actions were purely private and that no parallel organization had come out of the talks.
A Clash of Heroes: Brandeis, Weizmann, and American Zionism (Studies in Jewish History) by Ben Halpern