Before Catastrophe: The Distinctive Path of German Zionism

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Wayne State University Press, 1996 - History - 292 pages
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This book, a first attempt to analyse German Zionism in a global Zionist context, sheds new light on the role of German Zionism in the German-Jewish community. It traces the emergence of a small component of the Zionist movement which regardless of size played a distinctive part in both German-Jewish and Zionist history on the eve of World War II. Positioned strategically between East and West, German Zionism was open to influences from both sides. Although post-assimilationist, it was affected by the encounter with East European Jewry. The product was a unique form of Zionism that combined Western ideas with radical 'Palestinocentrism'.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
German Zionism The First Phase
18
The Impact of the War on German Zionism
32
Plans for the Development of Palestine
46
The Basis for Cooperation with Chaim Weizmann
61
For the Sake of the Land of Israel
88
Zionist Responsibility
106
The Leftist Center
126
Brith Shalom
162
In the Wake of the 1929 Riots A Breakdown of Unity
181
Weizmannism on Trial
207
Confronting the Nazi Threat
227
German Zionism in Retrospect
254
Abbreviations
266
Index
279
Copyright

First Encounter with The Arab Question
141

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About the author (1996)

Lavsky teaches at the Hebrew University, where she is the Samuel L. and Pery Haber Chair for Post-Holocaust Studies and Director of the Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism, the Yishuv, and the State of Israel.

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