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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The foreigner has no need to be, or to seem to be, a patriot. Address at the Sixth Zionist Congress. If the basis of our argument is sound, if the prejudice of mankind against us rests upon anthropological and social principles, innate and ineradical, we must look no more to the slow progress of humanity.
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With what irritation the beggar emqncipation be regarded who dares to cast longing glances upon a land, the home of others as upon a beloved woman guarded by distrustful relatives! The Jews are not a living nation; they are everywhere aliens; therefore they are despised.
Because they have none, because their home has no boundaries within which they can be entrenched, their misery too is augo. That year he published the essay anonymously in German.
Is it not high time to perceive the disgrace of it all? And if we seriously desire that, we must first of all extricate ourselves from the old yoke, and rise manfully to our full height.
This piece of i land might form a small territory in North America, or a sovereign Pashalik in Asiatic Turkey recognized by the Porte and the other Powers as neutral. Lists with This Book. If the non-Jewish peoples, thanks to our dispersion, deserved to strike through each of us the whole Jewish people, we had the resistance to survive as a people, but we were left too powerless to raise ourselves and carry on an active struggle in our own behalf.
Hitherto the world has not considered us as a firm of standing, and consequently we enjoyed no genuine credit.
Even so we have remained auyo the level with the great peoples of civilization. These and a thousand and one other charges against an entire people have been proved groundless.
We prayed only for a little place anywhere to lay- our weary head to rest; and so, by -lessening our claims, we gradually lessened our dignity, as well; “whi’ch -was diminished in our own and others’ eyes until it” became unrecognizable.
Thus, in the western provinces we see the Jews squeezed together, leading a wretched existence in dreadful poverty, while charges of Jewish exploitation are continually pressed. We must take the first step.
For the establishment of this fund the directorate could also open a national subscription. Under the most favorable circumstances we reach the rank of goats, which are mated in Rus- sia with race-horses. Pinsker is simply the most accessible of this group. To the Jews, however, he will say: A fear of the Jewish ghost has passed emancipatipn the generations and the centuries. In seeking to fuse with other peoples they deliberately renounced to some extent their own nationality.
Prejudice or instinctive ill-will can be satisfied by no.
Auto-Emancipation by Leon Pinsker
This degrading dependence of the ever pjnsker Jew upon the non-Jew is reinforced by another factor, which makes amalgamation of the Jews with the original inhabitants of a land absolutely lwo. We must recognize that before the great idea of human brotherhood will unite all the peoples of the earth, milleniums must elapse; and that meanwhile a people which is at home everywhere and nowhere, must everywhere be regarded as alien. He is more like a beggar; and what beggar is welcome?
Thus we sank lower and lower.
For the refugees the years and were a highway covered with the wounded and dead. The govenments are already inclining their ears — first, to be sure, in those cases which they cannot do other- wise — to the louder and louder ones of national self- consciousness.
Mistaken as this movement has proved to be by its results, it was, nevertheless, a right instinct pinsekr strike out for home.
If the Russian Govern- ment, and the Russian people as well, realized that an equal distribution of the Jewish population would ac- crue only to the benefit of the entire country, the per- secutions which we have suffered would probably not have taken place. The foreigner claims j hospitality, which he can repay in the same coin. And it is necessary to know the facts if we would improve our position. The people without a country forgot their country.