By Ben Halpern
Chaim Weizmann, steeped within the people tradition of the East ecu shtetl and the humanistic technological know-how of imperative and Western Europe, was once the ambassador of the Jewish humans to the English-speaking global. 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 international Jewish group. A conflict of Heroes reviews the clash among those dominant personalities, each one of whom has been hailed by means of dedicated 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 moving heritage of a global at battle 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 atmosphere.
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The difference between them was fundamentally tactical. There was also a growing personal friction. If, as Weizmann averred, Motzkin was the presiding genius and Weizmann his executive officer in the field, it made relations difficult when Weizmann took the initiative and Motzkin's influence was limited to belated hints of disapproval from a distance. In 1901 apparent insubordination and even more serious offenses by Weizmann led to public reprisals on Motzkin's part and a decisive breach in their friendship.
As it is, . . 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.
The Berliners, dismissing objections that public airing of the dispute would harm their new young party, insisted on formal action. The matter was thrashed out in painful meetings in Berlin in March 1902, and the groups continued to work together. But the friendship and leader-follower relation with Motzkin was broken; Weizmann was now cast loose on his own course. The Zionist Youth Conference, conducted with restraint under an agreement with Herzl, had not set up a separatist organization. Instead, it resolved to organize the Democratic Faction within the WZO.