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Abandon Herzl Monument when Zionists Object to Non-zionist Gifts to Fund

May 27, 1929
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The call for funds to erect a Herzl monument in Vienna on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of his death occurring in July, which was issued recently by the so-called International Herzl Monument Committee, the signatories including men like Professor Elnstein, Jacob Wassermann, Franz Werfel, Stefan Zweig. Max Brod, Lesser Ury, and other famous men, has so far had no response. Not a single list of contributions has yet been published. The Jewish public here, especially the Zionists, have paid no heed to the appeal. The official Zionist movement has, in fact, adopted an antagonistic attitude with regard to the project, on the ground that several of the signatories to the appeal are notorious anti-Zionists, and some are even renegades from Judaism. The scheme appears in consequence to have collapsed.

A new project is being put forward in its place by a number of Zionists who were associated with Dr. Herzl in the Zionist movement, to erect a Herzl memorial in Vienna, over his grave in the Jewish cemetery, but not before his remains have been transferred to Palestine. In this way, they intend to preserve the site of his grave in Vienna, which has been for years a center of pilgrimage for Zionists on the anniversary each year of his death and on other occasions, so that when his remains have been reinterred in Palestine. Vienna will still have a memorial to Herzl in its midst.

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