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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Max Nordau's 'six million Jews' in 1899, 1911, & 1920




Co-founders of the (World) Zionist Organisation, Theodore Herzl (left)
and Max Nordau née Südfeld (1849-1923), son of an Orthodox rabbi.


If Palestine were again peopled by the Jews; if they could hold that land practically by and for themselves (and the present census of Palestine enumerates 600,000 inhabitants, this number including only 60,000 Jews, while there are more than 6,000,000 Jews in the world, who would instantly return to Palestine if that were made possible); then would they suffer no more from Anti-Semitism, they could develop there and enjoy life, as do other nations.
'Israel Among the Nations' by Max Nordau, The North American Review (Volume 168), June 1, 1899, p.658.



Dr. Max Nordau, the most eloquent spokesman of the Jewish nationalist movement, also delivered a speech at the opening sitting, as he has done at every previous Congress. He reviewed the moral and political situation of the Jews at large, and denounced in scathing terms the so-called "European conscience" which permitted the persecution of six million Jews. The civilised Powers, he said, would not lift a finger to help the oppressed Jew on the ground that they did not interfere with the internal affairs of Sovereign States; but they deviated from this principle when the Sovereign State was weak and when it suited their interest.
'Zionism: The Work of the Tenth Congress (From a Correspondent.) Basle, Aug 12.' The Manchester Guardian, Wednesday, August 16, 1911, p.6.



DR MAX NORDAU, Paris, the well known Zionist leader and publicist, gave and address on Zionism in the Livingstone Hall, Edinburgh, last night. Rabbi Salis Daides, Edinburgh, presided over a large attendance.

Dr. Nordau stated that Zionism meant salvation of the Jewish people from oppression and tyranny. He made reference to the conditions of hardship and danger under which six million Jews lived at present in Eastern Europe, and showed how until they could emigrate to Palestine they must remain where they were owing to the stringent immigration laws of the countries where Jews were not persecuted.
'Future of Palestine: Dr Max Nordau on Jewish Aspirations,' The Scotsman, Thursday, April 22, 1920, p.5.



2 comments:

  1. Who are the so-called "European conscience" 1899? In those days the Zionists and the capitalists and the Catholics were the conscience of Europe.

    " The civilised Powers, he said, would not lift a finger to help the oppressed Jew on the ground that they did not interfere with the internal affairs of Sovereign States"

    So the oppression of the Jews was a matter of Jews against Jews.

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