Forty Years of Struggle for a Principle: The Biography of Harry Fischel

Forty Years of Struggle for a Principle: The Biography of Harry Fischel

Forty Years of Struggle for a Principle: The Biography of Harry Fischel

Forty Years of Struggle for a Principle: The Biography of Harry Fischel

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It is both a delicate and grateful task that has been entrusted to me by my dear father-in-law, Mr. Harry Fischel, that of editing his biography. Were I not tied to him by a close bond of family relationship, as well as by strong ties of affection and respect, this history might never have been compiled.

Despite the many significant achievements in diverse fields which have given to Mr. Fischel an international reputation and have caused him to be loved and admired by Jewry throughout the world, it is the human element which is the dominating note in Mr. Fischel's career.

It is this personal side of Mr. Fischel, quite as much as his public side, that has gained for him the lasting gratitude of his co-religionists of Russian birth, and early earned him the respect of the most powerful figures in American Jewry, with whom he met as an equal and whose gifts to philanthropy he matched, or exceeded, although his wealth was infinitesimal as compared to theirs.

By his example, indeed, he set an entirely new standard of giving for the Jew of Russian birth and not undeservedly has been hailed in many quarters as the Russian Jacob H. Schiff. Not only his money contributions to religious and philanthropic causes, but his life-time of service to these causes, has resulted in the name of Harry Fischel being almost as well known in Europe and in Palestine as in America, for he has never geographically limited his interest or his aid, and his service has been universal where Jewry and Israel were concerned.

Mr. Fischel's life, surrounded by even greater privations, hardships and temptations than fall to the lot of the average man, has been directed by a singleness of purpose, amounting to a passion, which has had as its sole objective, the perpetuation of orthodox Judaism, both in precept and in practice. It will be only possible for the reader to understand Mr. Fischel's passion for a life of service to humanity when he grasps the conditions of his early environment and the parental influences that moulded . . .

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