Rebirth and Destiny of Israel

Rebirth and Destiny of Israel

Rebirth and Destiny of Israel

Rebirth and Destiny of Israel

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Thirty-seven years lie between the appearance of the first of these essays in 1915 and of the last in 1952. They have been years of such universal change, vicissitude and upheaval as in all its previous days humanity never knew. In that brief space two World Wars were fought, the empires of Austro-Hungary and Turkey, of Germany and Italy, were dissolved, the sun of imperial Britain began to set, the Asiatic peoples to awake to independence. On the continent of Asia arose the great Powers of China and India. All that Japan had won of domination at the end of the first World War was forfeited in surrender after Hiroshima. Nazi conquests in Europe were wiped out in the overthrow of the Third Reich. From Bolshevist revolution in Russia came the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, to rank as the mightiest empire in the Eurasian hemisphere. North America mounted to world leadership. Conflict grew bitter between the free world and the Soviet bloc.

It is perhaps upon the life and fortunes of the Jewish people that these vagaries of history have left their deepest imprint, a people for two thousand years and more dispersed among the Gentiles, seldom regarded with favor by its master-neighbors, always and everywhere the first to suffer in whatever corner of the globe men were stirred to passion and violence. Yet never, in the long martyrdom of this banished and homeless race, was there a passage of time so dreadful for it as that of which I write.

Within the quarter of a century from 1918 to 1943 there descended upon the Jewish people a storm of savage blows more fearsome than any it had endured since the Roman legions laid waste its Land.

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