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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If so, all the better, but first of allwe must determine — and this is the crucial point — what country is accessible to us, and at the same time adapted to offer the Jews of all lands who must leave their homes a secure and indisputed refuge, capable of productivization. The destruction is neither 4 possible nor desirable.

In this respect there would prob- ably commend themselves most highly those two lands, 26 situated ppinsker opposite parts of the world, which have lately vied with each other for first place in creating two opposite currents in the Jewish emigration. Sarah marked ppinsker as to-read Aug 11, Without any ability to hold their benevolent masters accountable, the Jews would be powerless should a malevolent force take over as indeed would happen emanciipation Europe. He is not a guest, much less a welcome guest.

This struggle must become an irresistible factor of contemporary international politics and destined for future greatness.

Texts Concerning Zionism: “Auto-Emancipation”

But legal emancipation is not social emancipation, and with the proclamation of the former the Jews are still far from being emancipated from their exceptional social position. Per- haps the Holy Land wall again become ours. Since conditions are and must remain such as we have described them, we shall forever continue to be what we have been and are, parasites, who are a bur- den to the rest of the population, and can never se- cure their favour.

They acquired, or persuaded themselves that they had acquired certain cosmopolitan tendencies which could appeal to others no more than they could bring satis- faction to the Jews themselves.

The foreigner claims j hospitality, which he can repay in the same coin. Each title-deed delivered to the purchaser, with his name entered and signed by the directorate and the company, must bear the exact number of the lot upon the general map so that each purchaser would know exactly the location of the piece of ground — field, or building lot — which he purchases as his individual property.

Perhaps the Holy Land will again become ours. It was the true greatness of Theodor Herzl that he not only wrote the Judc nst cat but that, through the Zionist Organiza- tion founded by him, Pinsker’s Auto-Emancipation passed from the quality of literature into a vital force in the national resurrection of the Jewish people.


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Therefore we must abandon the delusive idea that we are ful enancipation by our dispersion a Provi- dential mission, a mission in which no one believes, an honorable station which ‘ we, to speak frankly, Would gladly resign; if the bdiotis epithet “Jew” could only be blotted out of the memory of man.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We must not shut our lwo to this natural force, which works like every other elemental force ; we must take it into account. Accordingly as it is not to be our task to im- prove the human race, we must see what we, our- selves, have to do under the circumstances. But a clear recognition of what we need most, a recognition of the absolute necessity of a home of our own, would arouse among us a number of energetic, honorable and distinguished friends of the people who would assume leadership, and would, perhaps, be no less able than that one man to deliver us from disgrace and persecution.

We should not persuade ourselves that humanity and enlightment will ever be radical remedies for the malady of our people. Intelligent and rich in experience, we are as short-sighted and thoughtless as children; we have had no time to reflect and ask ourselves whether this mad race, or rather this mad rout, will ever come to an end.

We know well the great history of the sufferings of our people and we; would be the last to make our fore- fathers responsible for it. The j Jew can make no such return ; consequently he can make no claim to hospitality.

In the great, wide world there was no place for us. This is the kernel of the problem, as we see it: We know well the great martyrology of our people and we would be the last to place the responsibility upon our ancestors.

When our face is slapped, we soothe our burning cheek. Part of the proceeds of the sale, together with the profits, would belong to the stock company, and part would flow into a fund to be administered by the directorate, for the maintenance of destitute immigrants.

Open Preview See a Problem? The essay itself inspired the group, and Jews throughout Europe, and was a landmark in the development of Zionism and the Jewish State.

While Herzl played an important role in popularizing Zionism and winning support from Jews and non-Jews alike, most of his ideas had already been developed in previous years by various pre-Zionist thinkers.


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 first task of this national institute, which we miss so much and must unconditionally call into existence, would have to find a territory adapted to our purpose, as far as possible continuous in extent and of uniform character.


Download our mobile app for on-the-go access to the Jewish Virtual Library. The na- tions never have to deal with a Jewish nation but al- ways lso mere Jems.

In order that we may not be constrained to wan- der from one exile to another, we must have an ex- tensive, productive place of refuge, a rendezvous which is our own. For the establishment of this fund the directorate could also open a national sub- scription.

Meanwhile nations live side by side in a state of relative peace, secured by treaties and international law, but based chiefly on the fundamental equality between them.

The great ideas of the eighteenth century have not passed by our people without leaving a trace. James marked it as to-read Mar 27, The international Jewish question must receive 5 a national solution. The Jew is not permitted to f orget that the daily bread of civil rights must be given him. But we would hear nothing of taking our malady at the root, in order to effect a; complete cure. Assuredly, many a Jew, who is still bound to his old home by an unenviable occupation, would gladly grasp the opportunity to throw out an anchor to windward by such a deed and to escape those sad experiences so numerous in the immediate past.

With the loss of their country, the Jewish people lost their independence, and fell into a decay which is not compatible with existence as a whole vital organism.

We are no more justified in leaving pknsker national fortune in the hands of the other peoples than we are in making them responsible for our national misfortune. But they deceive no one. Only when this bask is established, when the equality of the Jews with the other nations becomes a fact, can the problem presented emncipation the Jewish Question be consid- ered solved.

We are not counted among the nations, neither have we a voice in their councils, even when emanciptaion affairs concern us. To the Jews, however, he will say: And if not now, when? But should they prefer North America, however, we must hasten.

Because they have none, because their home has no boundaries within which they can be entrenched, their misery too is boundless.

This degrading dependence of the ever alien Jew upon the non-Jew is reinforced by another factor, which makes amalgamation of emnacipation Jews with the original inhabitants of a land absolutely impossible. This division was the cause of the failure of the entire movement. Until then, the nations must narrow their aspirations to achieve a tolerable modus vivendi.

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