Pinsker, Leon

Published by New York: Federation Of American Zionists, 1916
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Stated "Second Edition" on cover. Original Blue Paper Wrappers. 8vo. 23 pages ; 21 cm. In English. "Auto-Emancipation (Selbstemanzipation) is an early Zionist pamphlet written in German by Russian-Polish Jewish doctor and activist Leo Pinsker in 1882. Pinsker discussed the origins of antisemitism and argued for Jewish self-rule and the development of a Jewish national consciousness. He wrote that Jews would never be the social equals of non-Jews until they had a state of their own. He called on Jewish leaders to convene and address the problem. In the pamphlet, he describes anti-Jewish attacks as a psychosis, a pathological disorder and an irrational phobia. Pinsker had originally been an assimilationist, calling for greater respect of human rights for Jews in Russia. However, following massive anti-Jewish riots in Tsarist Russia in 1881, and a visit to Western Europe in the first half of 1882, his views changed. That year he published the essay anonymously in German. Pinsker's new perspective also led to his involvement in the development of the Jewish nationalist group Hovevei Zion, which he chaired. " (Wikipedia, 2016) OCLC lists 11 copies worldwide. Minor edgewear. About very good condition. (AMR-49-40). Bookseller Inventory #

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Publisher: New York: Federation Of American Zionists
Publication Date: 1916
Binding: Paperback

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