Few political terms have such a hazy and imprecise definition in popular discourse as “Zionism.” In part, this is due to the political agenda. Leon Pinsker: Auto-emancipation and self-help In September , a pamphlet entitled “Auto-emancipation! An appeal to his people by a Russian Jew ”. Key words: Zionism, Russian empire, Leon Pinsker, Jewish emancipation. “Read today this foundation to reclaim the national-civil (auto)emancipation of.

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Pinsker had been emancipatioh with the efforts at Russi-] fication of the Jews which was carried on by the society for the Spread of Culture among the Russian Jews, of which he was one of the founders. You are also contemptible, because you have no real self-estimation and no national self- respect.

Our tragedy is that we can neither live nor die.

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Without renouncing Judaism and their faith, they revolted most deeply at undeserved ill-treatment, which could be inflicted with impunity only because lon Russian Government regards the Jews as aliens.

And yet, it is critical for us, as aspiring politically-aware Jews, to understand both what Zionism is, its history and successes, as well as different strains within rmancipation Zionist movement. The German proud of his Teutonic character, the Slav, the Celt, not one of them admits that the j Semitic Jew is his equal by birth ; and even if he be ready, as a man of culture to admit him to all civil, rights, he will never go as far as to forget the Jew in this, his fellow-citizen.

Far from generous in supplying the needs of emancipagion colonies, they were all the more lavish of advice and opinions. Thus have Judaism and Anti-Semitism passed for centuries through history as inseparable companions.

Thanks to their ready adaptability, they have all the more easily acquired characteristics, not inborn, of the people among whom fate has thrown them. Meanwhile the Jewish refugees, with the very funds collected for their immigration, emancipatioj being — “repatriated”!

He believed that rather than aspiring to establish a “National Home” or state immediately, Zionism must aspire to bring Jews to Palestine gradually, making it a cultural center.

And as for our- selves we look on with fatalistic indifference when in many a land we are refused a recognition which would not lightly be denied to Zulus. Eero marked it as to-read Jul 22, He is more like a beggar; and what beggar is welcome? Our greatest and xuto forces — men of finance, of science, and of affairs, statesmen and publicists — must join hands with emnacipation accord in steering toward the common destination.


Pinsker had written the pamphlet Auto-Emancipationbut it was ignored for several years, until rising antisemitism in Russia made his thesis popular. In individual cases, indeed, we find these accusations contradicted by the fact that the Jews get along fairly well in close intercourse with their Gentile neighbors.

In this case land there would rise in price in the future. Having analyzed Judeophobia as an hereditary form of demonopathy, peculiar to the human race, and having represented Anti-Semitism as proceeding from an inherited aberration of the human mind, we must draw the important conclusion that we must give’ up contending against these hostile impulses as we must against every other inherited predisposition. Believing in assimilation, he was the founder of a Russian language Jewish weekly.

We continue on the old beaten track seeking only for the palliative of philanthropy. All the days of Pinsker were excitement and grief. The so-called leaders in each community no longer could force themselves into authoritative positions, and do, or order others to do, their capricious pleasure.

Only a small minority arc acquainted with his very self as it revealed itself in his remarkable book ” Auto-Emancipation ” This minority alone knew that first and foremost Pinsker was a “nationalist,” a lover of his people. Is it remarkable, then, that a number of prominent Jews journey from their homes in the various countries of the Exile and go to Palestine to witness the wonder with their own eyes?

No previous civilization has been able to achieve it, nor can we see even in the remote distance, that day of the Messiah, when national barriers will no longer exist and all mankind will live in brotherhood and concord. The weari- ness of the persecutors now allows us a little respite; will we be satisfied with it? He gradually, how- i ever revised his Jewish views, and endeavoured, though unsuccessfully, to persuade influential Jewish circles in Vienna, Paris and London that the Jewish Question could only be solved by the creation of a Jewish territ- orial centre.

Your opponent will listen to you with attention, occasionally nodding his head by way of assent, as if he thoroughly understood the drift of your words. No matter how much the nations are at variance in their relations with one another, however diverse their instincts and aims, they join hands in their hatred of the Jews; on this one matter all are agreed.


The land, as national property, must be inalienable. What lack is not genius, but self-respect, and the conscious- ness of human dignity of which you have robbed us.

Full text of “Auto-Emancipation”

Poalei Tziyon – Autoo Platform. Here we come to the heart of what being a Zionist means, the one basic concept that unites Marxist Zionism with Revisionist Zionism, and Liberal Zionism with certain Religious Zionism. And even if his appetite be restored, it is still a ques- tion whether he will be able to digest food, even though he desire it.

As individual Jews, but not at a Jewish nation, we have carried on for cen- turies the hard and unequal struggle emanciipation existence. The millenium in which the “International” will disappear, and the na- tions will merge into humanity, is still invisible in the distance. The one deficiency is as irremediable as the other.

The destruction is neither possible nor desirable. At first glance, our building would appear from this standpoint to be a house of cards to divert children and wits. Suddenly they even discover that its sound is sweet and pleasant, and they express a desire to study it.

Here comes the author of “Auto-emancipation;” He stands between the two camps, and he says: Until it is realized, the desires and ideals of the nations must be limited to establishing a toler- able modus vivendi.

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lein These publications are fundamental documents of the modern Jewish Nation- al Movement and represent three stages of its develop- ment. The surging sea of yesterday is calmed, and recedes into the old marsh with the old creeping things. It needs not an independent State, but only the creation in its native land of conditions favorable to its development: