Berne, Switzerland (Aug. 23)
Victor Jacobson, 65, pioneer Zionist leader and for many years a member of the World Zionist executive, who represented that organization at the League of Nations, died here today.
Mr. Jacobson was born in Simferopol, Crimea, in 1869. He became an active Zionist while he was a student in Russian schools and from that time on devoted his entire life to the Zionist cause.
Since the third world Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland, Mr. Jacobson has been a member of the Zionist Actions Committee, the powerful administrative committee of the world organization. In 1906, he became head of the Beirut, Syria, branch of the Anglo-Palestine Bank and two years later he was appointed political representative of the World Zionist Organization in Constantinople, while negotiations were being carried on with the Sultan Abdul Hamid for large-scale Jewish settlement in Palestine. At the same time he assumed the chairmanship of the Anglo-Levantine Banking Company and carried out a series of conversations with notable Arab and Turkish leaders.
At the eleventh Zionist Congress in Vienna, in 1913, Mr. Jacobson was elected a member of the steering committee of the actions committee and exerted a powerful influence on Zionist policies.
After the outbreak of the World War, Mr. Jacobson took over the chairmanship of the Copenhagen office of the Zionist Organization and was primarily responsible for issuing the much discussed Copenhagen Manifesto. In 1918 he