World Zionist Executive Issues Manifesto on 100th Birthday of Dr. Max Nordau

A manifesto dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Max Nordeu — closest collaborator of Dr. Theodor Herzl — which falls on August 5 this year, was issued here today by the World Zionist Executive.

“This anniversary,” the manifesto says, “affords the opportunity to all sections of the Zionist movement to recall the memory of a great leader and to render thanks and appreciation. Dr. Max Nordau was only second to Dr. Theodor Herzl and was his principal collaborator during the period when foundations were laid for the achievement of political Zionism.

“Dr. Nordau was one of the greatest figures in European literature. His rallying to the Zionist flag and participation in public Zionist conferences added prestige to the young movement in the eyes of both the Jewish and non-Jewish world. Due to his stirring addresses from the platform at Zionist Congresses, Dr. Nordau’s influence on the Zionist movement and on world Jewry was even greater than the influence he wielded on the outside world.

“His famous speeches at the Zionist Congresses, in which he examined every phase of the Jewish problem and delved deep into its roots, bound the Zionist idea closely to the heart of the general Jewish public. His speeches revealed to the world Jewry, on the threshold of the twentieth century, an unprecedented depth of political thought and courage.” The manifesto conclusion with a statement that “the Jewish people who are now witnessing the realization of the dream of ages will not be oblivious to the part played by this great son of the nation.”

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