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Explores the life and career of one of the twentieth century’s most colorful Zionist leaders.
The life, career, and legacy of Nahum Goldmann (1895–1982), one of the most colorful and important Zionist leaders of the twentieth century, are fully revealed in this illuminating collection of essays. American, Israeli, and European scholars speak to the many sides of Goldmann, including his upbringing, rise in the international public arena as a premier advocate for Jewish life and the Zionist enterprise, and his role as an elder statesman in the 1960s and 1970s. Often ahead of his time, Goldmann proved highly influential at several critical historical junctures—on the eve of the creation of the Jewish state, he played a key role articulating Israel’s relationship with diaspora Jewry, postwar Germany, and the Arab world. This volume captures Goldmann in all his complexity, while making this important figure and his time accessible to researchers, students, and interested readers.
“…this long-overdue book on Goldmann fills a gap in Zionist historiography … It adds an excellent contribution to the growing literature on the relationship of American Jewry and Jews in other parts of the Diaspora to the state of Israel.” — H-Net Review
Mark A. Raider is Professor of Modern Jewish History at the University of Cincinnati and Visiting Professor of American Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the author of The Emergence of American Zionism. He is also the coeditor of Abba Hillel Silver and American Zionism (with Jonathan D. Sarna and Ron Zweig);The Plough Woman: Records of the Pioneer Women of Palestine, A Critical Edition (with Miriam B. Raider-Roth); and American Jewish Women and the Zionist Enterprise (with Shulamit Reinharz).
Table of Contents
Preface Mark A. Raider
Part I. Statesman
1. Nahum Goldmann:Jewish and Zionist Statesman Jehuda Reinharz and Evyatar Friesel
Part II. Thinker
2. Nahum Goldmann as Zionist Thinker Gideon Shimoni
3. Negation of the Galut and the Centrality of Israel: Nahum Goldmann
and David Ben Gurion Yosef Gorny
Part III. Maverick
4. The German Years:Early Chapters in the Biography
of a Jewish Statesman Michael Brenner
5. Nahum Goldmann and The First Two Decades of the
World Jewish Congress Zohar Segev
6. Nahum Goldmann and Chaim Weizmann:
An Ambivalent “Relationship” Jehuda Reinharz
7. Idealism, Vision, and Pragmatism:Stephen S. Wise, Nahum
Goldmann, and Abba Hillel Silver in the United States Mark A. Raider
8. Toward the Partition of Palestine:The Goldmann Mission
in Washington, August 1946 Evyatar Friesel
Part IV. Leader
9. Nahum Goldmann and Germany after World War II Shlomo Shafir
10. “Reparations Made Me”:Nahum Goldmann, German Reparations,
and the Jewish World Ronald W. Zweig
11. Nahum Goldmann and the Establishment of the Diaspora Museum Dina Porat
12. Leadership of Accommodation or Protest?:Nahum Goldmann
and the Struggle for Soviet Jewry Suzanne D. Rutland
13. Goldmann’s Initiative to Meet with Nasser in 1970 Meir Chazan