Few political terms have such a hazy and imprecise definition in popular discourse as “Zionism.” In part, this is due to the political agenda. Auto-Emancipation has 4 ratings and 0 reviews. A literature on the psychosis of Jew-hatred. Leon Pinsker: Auto-emancipation and self-help In September , a pamphlet entitled “Auto-emancipation! An appeal to his people by a Russian Jew ”.

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Thus, in the western provinces we see the Jews squeezed together, leading a wretched existence in dreadful poverty, while charges of Jewish exploitation are continually pressed.

But what if our position is more eemancipation If we hear an idle specta- tor on the.

Texts Concerning Zionism: “Auto-Emancipation”

Without any ability to hold their benevolent masters accountable, the Jews would be powerless should a malevolent force take over as indeed would happen across Europe.

But what are we to do next, how should we begin? But legal emancipation is not social emancipation, and with the proclamation of the former the Auro are still far from being emancipated from their exceptional social position.

It was clearly impossible for this national character to be developed lleo the Diaspora; the Jews seem rather to have lost all remembrance of their former home.

It lacks that autochthonous life which is inconceivable without a common language and customs and without cohesion in space. They lived upon their own soil and spoke one lan- guage, and therein they certainly had the advantage of us. Arwa marked it as to-read May 12, Woe to our descendants, woe to the memory of our Jewish contemporaries, if we let this moment pass by!


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And perhaps most critically, Zionism is not an ideology in the sense that it has a definite goal in mind—indeed, the ultimate goals of Marxist- and Revisionist-Zionists are nearly irreconcilable.

It would be a euphemism to call it emigration. In the great majority of cases, he is treated as a stepchild, as a Cinderella; in the most favorable cases he is regarded as an adopted child whose rights may be questioned; never is he considered a legitimate child of the fatherland. For the sake of the comfortable position we are granted, for the flesh-pots which we may enjoy in peace, we persuade ourselves, and others, that we are no longer Jews, but full-blooded citizens.

The great ideas of the eighteenth century have not passed by our people without leaving a trace.

But, as we have said before, there is a certain point of saturation beyond which their numbers may not increase, if the Jews are not to be exposed to the dangers of persecution as in Russia, Roumania, Morocco and elsewhere.

This duty can be incumbent upon no one but ourselves. That part of the territory which would be assigned to the directorate for free distribution, against the national subscription mentioned and the expected profits, would be given to destitute but able-bodied immigrants, recommended by local committees.

Leo Pins- ker, published in Berlin inis one of the canonical writings of Zionism. Lists with This Book.


Mean- while the Jewish refugees are being “repatriated’ 9 with the very money that was collected to assist emigra- tion. If we are ill-treated, robbed, plundered, outraged, we do not dare defend ourselves, and, worse still, we look upon it almost as a matter of course.

To truly find the uniting threads of Zionism, one must analyze a time before the irreparable divisions began. Thus we sank lower and lower. Under the most favorable circumstances we reach the rank of goats, which are mated in Rus- sia with race-horses.


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Happily, we are not called upon with Ahad Ha am to adjudge the relative merits of those two prophets of Jewish Nationalism. Paperback72 pages.

We are no more justified in leaving emanncipation national fortune in pijsker hands of the other peoples than we are in making them responsible for our national misfortune. We continue on the old beaten track seeking only for the palliative of philanthropy. We must labor actively to complete the great work of self-liberation. We cannot, of course, think of establishing per- fect harmony. That is not our emancioation, neither is it a consequence of the low cultural status of the Russian people; we have found our bitterest opponents, in- deed, in a large part of the press, which ought to be intelligent; the unfortunate situation of the Russian Jews is due, rather, purely and simply to the opera- tion of those general forces, the consequence of the nature of humanity, which we have previously dis- cussed.

Therefore, the selection of a permanent, national land, meeting all requirements, must be made with every precaution and confided to one single body, through a committee of experts selected from our directorate. Nadia Marques de Carvalho rated it really liked it Jan 13, What land will grant lleo permission to settle a nation within its borders?