Berlin (Jul. 12)
The seventieth birthday of Prof. Otto Warburg, scientist and Zionist leader, was marked last night at a banquet given in his honor at the Krollfestsaele here.
The function was held under the auspices of the Zionist Federation of Germany with Kurt Blumenfeld presiding.
Tributes to the former president of the World Zionist Organization and botanist who carried on valuable research work in Palestine flora, were paid by Dr. Arthur Hantke, Dr. Alfred Klee, Dr. Goldstein, Mr. Groneman and the president of the Jewish National Fund in Germany, Herr Wollsteiner.
Prof. Warburg, in his reply, painted a glowing picture of the future of Palestine. He described the manner in which he, having been reared and having lived in an atmosphere of assimilation, became a follower of the Zionist movement. He stated he believes in the constructive energies of the Jewish people and pointed to the brilliant prospects of Palestine becoming a center of culture in the Near East through the Hebrew University and a fortress of economic development for the Orient. An extensive Jewish colonization will expand into the neighboring countries when the modern methods of irrigation and other improvements will be introduced.