A Nordau Memorial Fund for the purpose of acquiring all of the literary effects such as unpublished works, manuscripts, letters, etc., of the late Max Nordau and to present them to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as the property of the Jewish people, was established on the initiative of the Nordau Zionist Society of New York. This Society has been in existence for the last 25 years.
The idea of the Nordau Memorial Fund was officially breached at a reception given by the Nordau Zionist Society on Wednesday evening, March 18 in honor of Mile. Maxa Nordau, who is now visiting this country. The proposal for the creation of the fund was made by Mr. Samuel Blitz, one of the founders of the Society.
Mr. Samuel Caplan, president of the Nordau Zionist Society, presided at the reception. Mile Nordau spoke briefly of the work of her father and short addresses were also made by Bernard G. Richards, Charles A. Cowen, Isaac Carmel. Dr. S. M. Melamed, Dr. S. Bernstein, Samuel Blitz, Meyer W. Weisgal and Robert Goldstein.
The speakers heartily endorsed the idea of a Nordau Memorial Fund and indicated the many ways in which this fund can be of service in perpetuating the name and achievements of the late Zionist leader. One of the greatest achievements of the Nordau Memorial Fund, Dr. Melamed said, would be the translation of Nordau’s books into Hebrew.
A committee consisting of Samuel Blitz, Samuel Caplan and Robert Goldstein was formed to prepare the necessary plans for the launching of the Nordau Memorial Fund. It is planned to organize a National Committee which will be in charge of the raising and the administering of the fund.