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Remains of Moses Hess to Be Transferred to Israel; Influenced Zionism

October 5, 1961
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The remains of Moses Hess, German Socialist, and Jewish nationalist, whose theories of the role of Palestine as a center of Jewish survival influenced later Zionist-political leaders and intellectuals like Dr. Theodor Herzl and Ahad Haam, will be removed to Israel, for reburial on the shores of Lake Tiberias, it was announced here today.

Special services will be held Sunday at the synagogue here. Among participants scheduled to take part in the services will be representatives of the German Social Democratic Party, members of the Israeli mission here, and leaders of the German Jewish community.

Hess, who was born in Bonn in 1812, and educated at the University of Bonn, was a collaborator of Karl Marx, but deviated from Marx’s Socialism by advocating ethical concepts based on Spinozism. In 1843, he wrote a book entitled “Rome and Jerusalem,” in which he developed this concepts of practical ethics with the re-establishment of the Jewish people in Palestine.

Mr. Hess died in Paris in 1875, but he was buried in the family burial grounds in the Jewish cemetery at Cologne. Recently, a special committee was organized here for removal of his remains to Israel, and Sunday’s services will be a step in that direction.

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