Poland Bans Rites in Zionist’s Honor
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Poland Bans Rites in Zionist’s Honor

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Polish authorities today forbade the left wing Poale Zion to hold a meeting to commemorate the death of the Socialist Zionist theoretician, Ber Borochow, who died in Kiev, Russia, on December 17, 1917. Fear was expressed by officials that such a meeting might “lead to disturbances.”

Borochow, the son of a Poltava Hebrew teacher, became interested in Zionism in his youth and laid the foundations for the organization of the Socialist Zionist groups in numerous works written in Russian and Yiddish. He was the leading figure in the formation of the strong Russian Poale Zion party. He was also a philosopher and philologian of note.

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