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Minute-Book from the North London Zionist Society (1917/18) [SIGNED] WITH the Minute-Book from the Council of the British Section of the World Jewish Congress (1936-37) [SIGNED]

Lazarus, Nathan; Rabbi Maurice L. Perlzweig

Published by NP, London, 1936
Condition: g to vg Hardcover

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Rare collection of two Minute-Books from the North London Zionist Society (1917/18), and the Council of the British Section of the World Jewish Congress (1936-37): - Minute-Book from the North London Zionist Society (1917/18) [SIGNED]. Quarto. Unpaginated. [68] leaves. Original half decorative cloth over moire covered boards. This minute-book contains the manuscript notes pertaining to the meetings (34) held by the North London Zionist Society between January 7, 1917, and December 31, 1918. The notes are written on the first 39 leaves. Affiliated to the English Zionist Federation (EZF), the North London Zionist Society supported the reestablishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, then an area controlled by the Ottoman Empire.* This minute-book is particularly interesting in the sense that it was written at a turning point in the history of Zionism. World War I was in its fourth year, and the conflict raised hopes among Zionists that the crumbling Ottoman Empire will eventually break up. They hoped to attain support from one of the Great Powers for increased Jewish immigration and eventual sovereignty in Palestine, and they eventually succeeded thanks to their chief spokesman, Chaim Weizmann, a bright statesman and a scientist highly respected in Great Britain and well versed in European diplomacy. In support of the Zionist cause, his skillful negotiations with the Foreign Office were climaxed on November 2, 1917, by the letter from the foreign secretary to Lord Rothschild, which became known as the Balfour Declaration. This document declared the British government's "sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations," viewed with favor "the establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish People," and announced an intent to facilitate the achievement of this objective. The Balfour Declaration radically changed the status of the Zionist movement. It promised support from a major world power and gave the Zionists international recognition. That day, Zionism was transformed by the British pledge from an utopy into a legitimate and achievable undertaking. The minutes of the 34 meetings featured in this manuscript indicate this event (see the entry for November 25, 1917), and discuss the following projects and resolutions: decision to reorganize the Society and place Zionist propaganda in the North of London on a firmer basis (1/7/1917); the announcement that Mr. Nahum Sokolow (Zionist leader, author, translator, and a pioneer of Hebrew journalism) has agreed to address the first public meeting of the Society (1/31/1917); the announcement that Dr. Weizmann has agreed to address the next public meeting of the Society (3/28/17). followed by a protest made at the London Council in connection with the non-appearance of Dr. Weizmann (4/25/1917); Proposal to obtain Mr. Israel Zangwill's services as lecturer at a public meeting (4/11/1917); the question of Jewish military action in Palestine (6/13/1917), and the question of raising a Jewish Legion (12/23/1917); the appointment of Nathan Lazarus and Maurice L. Perlzweig as delegates to the special conference of the EZF (10/1918), etc. Each entry is dated, and hand-signed by Chairman Nathan Lazarus. By order of appearance, the following members' names are mentioned in the minute-book: Nathan Lazarus (Chairman); Maurice L. Perlzweig**; Miss Cohen; Mr. B. Grad; Mr. Morgenstern; Mr. Kersch; Mr. Scher; Miss P. Slowe; Mr. Ginsburg; Mr. Benson; Mr. L. Wainstein; Mr. Traub; Mr. A. Levine (warden of the New Synagogue, Stamford Hill); and Mr. Charles Kauffman. Some rubbing and abrasion to moire. Sporadic smudges to endpapers. Minor age-toning throughout. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in very good condition. Notes: * After almost two millennia of existence of the Jewish diaspora without a national state, the Zionist movement was founded in the late 19th century by secular Jews, largely as a response by Ashkenazi Jews to rising antisemitism in Europe, exemplified by the Dreyfus affa. Bookseller Inventory # 39319

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Title: Minute-Book from the North London Zionist ...

Publisher: NP, London

Publication Date: 1936

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g to vg

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: Manuscript

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