JERUSALEM (Jun. 30)
Officials here of the Jewish National Fund today issued a statement dealing with the transfer to Israel of the remains of Dr. Theodor Herzl, founder of modern Zionism, who is now buried near Vienna. The date of the transfer has been set for Aug. 10.
“This year, 45 years after Theodor Herzl’s death, his sacred remains will be brought to Israel in accordance with his expressed desires,” the statement said. “The Jewish National Fund, therefore, decided to devote this year’s proceeds from the Kaf Tamuz appeal–held annually on the anniversary of Dr. Herzl’s death–to the creation of a field memorial park to be known as ‘Herzl’s Cedars.’
“Surrounding the sepulcher, this park, beautifully expressive of Jewry’s unbounded reverence and appreciation for the lavish bestowal of his greatness to the service of his brethren, will cover some 150 acres on the outskirts of Jerusalem, not far from the place where Dr. Herzl was received on his one brief visit to the homeland in 1898. A central garden will encompass the actual tomb, the entire memorial bringing nearer the day when his dream of a verdant Israel shall reach its consummation.
“Accordingly, this year’s Tamuz appeal, the first to be held since Israel’s admission to the United Nations and since the formation of a permanent government, has a momentous and significant aspect, which will be appreciated by Jewish communities, institutions and organizations the world over. The goal is $400,000, and will be used not only for planting sturdy trees, but also to insure the fitting perpetuation of this evergreen symbol of Jewish indebtedness to one who showed the way to its moment of greatness,” the statement said.