Berlin (Oct. 11)
Dr. Weizmann was given a great reception here to-day on making his first public appearance since he laid down his office as President of the Zionist Organisation at the Seventeenth Zionist Congress.
There were over 2,000 people in the Bach Hall, with hundreds more unable to obtain admission when Dr. Weizmann spoke at a meeting arranged by the German Zionist Federation, with Dr. Kurt Blumenfeld, the President of the Federation in the chair. Dr. Weizmann did not attempt to deal with political problems, but he roused the gathering to enthusiasm by making a powerful appeal for support for the Zionist ideals, proclaiming his complete belief in the success of the Zionist ideal. He appealed in fervent words to all Jews to join in the upbuilding of Zion, as a place of refuge and a sea of calm in the midst of a crumbling Jewry.
Later in the day, Dr. Weizmann addressed another reception arranged by the German Branch of the Jewish Agency in the Kroll Hall. Rabbi Dr. Leo Baeck was in the chair in the unavoidable absence of Herr Oscar Wassermann for business reasons. Dr. Hantke, Managing Director of the Keren Hayesod, and Town Councillor Asch, welcomed Dr. Weizmann and paid tribute to his capacities as a leader.
Dr. Weizmann again avoided any reference to the political issues of the moment, and devoted himself to a description of the solidity and firmness of the Palestine work in the midst of the present world crisis, claiming that Palestine was a sheet anchor for world Jewry at this time, when it is in danger of being overwhelmed everywhere.