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By Ben Halpern

Chaim Weizmann, steeped within the folks tradition of the East eu shtetl and the humanistic technology of vital and Western Europe, was once the ambassador of the Jewish humans to the English-speaking international. Louis D. Brandeis, nonetheless, used to be referred to as the genuine exponent of Anglo-American civic tradition who gave his management at a serious second to the yank and global Jewish group. A conflict of Heroes stories the clash among those dominant personalities, every one of whom has been hailed through dedicated fans because the hero of a very important period in contemporary Jewish background. Halpern units the assembly, collaboration, and sharp clash among those males opposed to the moving historical past of an international 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 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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23 The Democratic Faction In the 1899-1900 academic year, Weizmann began work in Geneva as a faculty member. Continuing the line of research he had developed in his dissertation, he produced a series of publications and patent applications jointly with Dr. Christian Deichler, an old Berlin colleague, who was able to interest the Bayer works in their results. Weizmann in those years received an annual retainer in order to develop his discoveries into a commercially exploitable process. He also found time for fairly heavy participation in student activities.

He was again chosen as delegate to the Zionist Congress by Pinsk (and increasingly by other constituents as well) and from the Second Congress in 1898 played his part with growing confidence in the World Zionist Organization's (WZO's) public assemblies. In 1899 Dr. Weizmann, fresh from his doctoral studies, was appointed privatdocent and assistant to Karl Graebe, the professor of chemistry at the University of Geneva. This professional elevation also marked a significant, if subtle, change in his Zionist status.

Max Nordau replied in Die Welt on March 3, 1903 with a scathing, derisive, and deliberately insulting assault upon Ahad Ha'am: he undertook to deny him any right to be called a Zionist. "29 Such distinctions could not affect the chilly reserve that marked Herzl's subsequent correspondence with the Weizmann group. In May 1903, shortly after the Kishinev pogrom shook all Jewry, Weizmann, in his own and Feiwel's name, wrote a lengthy appeal to Herzl for "united effort," detailing the contributions the "young Zionists" were making and could make if not driven into the opposition.

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