Few political terms have such a hazy and imprecise definition in popular discourse as “Zionism.” In part, this is due to the political agenda. Auto-Emancipation has 4 ratings and 0 reviews. A literature on the psychosis of Jew-hatred. Leon Pinsker: Auto-emancipation and self-help In September , a pamphlet entitled “Auto-emancipation! An appeal to his people by a Russian Jew ”.

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This page was last edited on 15 Septemberat We have found our bitterest opponents, indeed, in a large part of the press, which might be supposed to possess education; the unfortunate situation of the Russian Jews is due, rather, purely and simply to the operation of those general forces, a consequence of human nature which we have previously discussed.

It is only these which have made our old fatherland the Holy Land, and not Jerusalem or the Jordan. Ultimately, if discussion of Pnsker rests on the premise of unconditional support for Israel, rather than on the liberation of the Jewish people, the Zionist dream lwo and will not be fulfilled.

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We must occupy ourselves with the foundation of such a lasting refuge, not with the purposeless collection of donations for pilgrims or fugitives who forsake, in their consterna- tion, a hospitable home, to perish in the abyss of autk strange and unknown land. The foreigner claims j hospitality, which he can repay in the same coin.

The children of modern civilization among our people esteem their dignity no less highly than our oppressors do theirs. He is more like a beggar; and what beggar is welcome! Like the Jewish people, the real wandering Jew, An- ti-Semitism, too, seems as if it would never die.

It is true that those happy ones who attained their national independence were not jews. If they are to be equal to their new task, these societies must, of course, be completely transformed. Yet nowhere did they succeed in obtaining from their fellow-citizens recognition as natives of equal status. Translated from the German by Dr. In this hope- less struggle we did not succumb. The Picture in Wherever pinwker are congregated in large masses, they must, by their very numbers, have a certain advantage in competition with the non- Jewish population.


The Jewish State and Jewish Problem. Clearly then, what the Jewish people needed was to become a historical subject—taking charge of their own well-being. Under such circumstances, how could there be any question of national emancipatio, of a free, active develop- ment of our national force pinssker of our native genius?

The world saw in this people the uncanny form of one of the dead walking among the living. Auot, for centuries we have been revolving perplexedly in a magic circle, allowing a blind fate to rule over us.

To be robbed as a Jew or to be protected as a Jew is equally humiliating, equal- ly hurtful to the self-respect of the Jews. In the Diaspora we maintained our individual life, and proved our power of resistance, but we broke the common tie of national consciousness.

Because they have none, because their home has no boundaries within which they can be entrenched, their misery too emancipaion boundless. And even if autto appetite is restored, it is still a question whether he will be able to digest food, even though he desire it. Then a few more repatriations, another thou- sand bitter disillusionments, and the flood of a popular movement newly awakened to life ebbs.

They do not see how glad one is to decline Jewish companionship. In the life of nations, as in the life of individuals, there are vital moments which rarely recur, and which, according as they are utilized or not utilized, decisively affect their future. The Jews, moreover, do not suffer only when they achieve distinguished success.

Under the pressure of the hostile world we have lost in the pibsker of our long exile all self-confidence, all initiative. Having analyzed Judeophobia as an hereditary form of demonopathy, peculiar to the human race, and having represented Anti-Semitism as based upon an inherited aberration of the human mind, we.

It was no emigration, but a portentous flight. It is these alone which have made our old fatherland the Holy Land, and not Jerusalem or the Jordan.

As soon as an asylum is found for our poor people, for the fugi- tives whom our historic and predestined fate will al- ways create for us, we shall simultaneously rise in the opinion of the peoples We shall forthwith cease to be surprised by such tragic happenings as in the last few years, happenings which promise, alas, to be repeated more than once, not only in Russia, but also in other countries.


The flaming outburst of burning indig- nation at the disgrace endured has turned into a rain of ashes which is gradually covering the glowing soil.


Pinsker had originally been an assimilationist, calling for greater respect of human rights for Jews in Russia. Intelligent and rich in experience, we are as short- 23 sighted and thoughtless as children; we have had no time to reflect and ask ourselves whether this mad race, or rather this mad rout, will ever come to an end. Woe to our descendants, woe to the memory of our Jewish contemporaries, if we let this moment pass by!

This article related to Jewish loe is a stub. Often to please their emancipaiton, they recommend their traditional individuality entirely. Emancipztion nations live side by side in a state of relative peace, secured by treaties and international law, but based chiefly on the fundamental equality between them.

We must prove pinskwr the misfortunes of the Jews are due, above all, to their lack of desire for national independence; and that this desire must be awakened and maintained in time if they do not wish to be subjected forever to disgraceful existence — in a word, we must prove that they must become a nation.

Now or j n t j ie jjf e G f peoples, as in the life of in- never is dividuals there are important moments rne time w hich do not often recur, and which, ac- tor action cor ji n g as they are utilized or not utilized exercise a decisive influence upon autto The demands of individual self-preservation necessarily sup- press in the germ every national thought, every united movement.

Sarah marked it as to-read Aug 11, We feel not only as Jews; pisker feel as men. Retrieved from ” https: