Historic Brandeis Letters Shed Light on Many
Zionist Matters and Related Jewish Occurrences
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ish historian. Brandeis acknowledged the
books in a letter to Friedlaender, June 25,
1915, expressing indebtedness.
He was a busy man, involved in many
law suits and in labor arbitration. Yet he
was meticulous in his handling of Zionist
affairs. There was nothing that could be
judged as too trivial for him to tackle per-
sonally. When financial matters were in-
volved he personally went over the figures
penny by penny; when he gave a gift in-
tended for a specific purpose, he accounted
for every detail; when he incurred expenses
and wrote them off with gifts, he indicated
the importance of thorough and correct
This reviewer, in the early Zionist ac-
tivities—he had occasion to be with Bran-
deis several times at Zionist and American
Jewish Congress functions—thought he was
the nut to propose that the name of Theo-
dor Herzl should be honored not on the
anniversary of his death but on his birth-
day. How good to learn from this letter to
Jacob deHaas, Aug. 6, 1915, that Brandeis
had that in mind much earlier: "Dear Mr.
deHaas: When you and Mr. Lipsky take up
the matter of program, I suggest that
Herzl's birthday, May 2, be selected for
the Herzl celebration instead of his death-
day. Note the celebration of Washington's
birthday and Lincoln's birthday, etc."
Jacob DeHaas is believed to have been
the man who interested Brandeis in Zion-
ism. He played a great role in Brandeis'
Zionist activities throughout the lawyer's,
later the Supreme Court - justice's, entire
There are so many important links with
Jewry and Zionism in these lettess that it
is most difficult to select even the most
important, and the names of the most noted,
even for a lengthy review. There are many
names not to be ignored. An example is that
of Rabbi Samuel Lazaron, who correspond-
e'd with Brandeis, to whom Brandeis sent
his speeches and essays that were pub-
lished as pamphlets — "Zionism and
'Patriotism," "A Call to the Educated Jew"
and "The Jewish Problem." Dr. Lazaron
had become active in behalf of the Federa-
tion of American Zionists as a public
speaker in many communities (he addressed
the Detroit Zionists at one public rally).
But he later became one of the bitterest
enemies of Zionism and to this day, in his
85th year, he remains a Council for Juda-
ism antagonist of the Zionist cause.
Many other names are among those who
corresponded with Brandeis, including lead-
ers of the Bnai Zion, editors—he readily
befriended Yiddish newspapers and writ-
ers—and personalities who interested them-
selves in contacting the eminent lawyer
even before he gained fame as a member
of the highest court in this country.
Because of Judah L. Magnes' important
place in Jewish history, as president of the
Hebrew University, reference to him in a
review of the Brandeis letters cannot be
evaded. There were many letters to Magnes,
in relation to the war relief and other ac-
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tivities. There was a discordant note over
Magnes' resignation from the Palestine
Executive Committee. On that score, Profs.
Urofsky and Levy appended this note to
Brandeis' letter to Magnes, Aug. 26, 1915:
"On 30 June (1915) Magnes had sub-
mitted his resignation as a member of the
P.E.C., ostensibly over the question of the
congress. He wrote that he did not believe
any single organization could speak for all
of the Jews of America, and he urged that
LDB accept the offer put forward by Louis
Marshall (who was Magnes's brother-in-
law) for a confederated plan. Actually,
there were two unwritten reasons which
prompted Magnes's resignation. One was his
growing commitment to pacifism and his
fear that the Zionists were being pulled
into a pro-Allied position through the ac-
tions of men like Richard Gottheil. At a
time when most members of the American
Jewish community felt very strongly about
the war, Magnes's pacifism struck a dis-
cordant note. The second reason was
Magnes's belief that Zionism was moving
toward the idea of a state for the Jews in
Palestine, while all he wanted was the
`spiritual center' advocated by Ahad HaAm,
with whom Magnes was in close touch. At
first LDB refused to accept the resigna-
tion, and in several letters he completely
ignored it, urging Magnes to continue his
role as a mediator between the Zionists
and the American Jewish Committee.
Upon Magnes's insistence, LDB finally ac-
knowledged the 30 June letter. By this
time, Magnes's departure from the P.E.C.
was not the loss that it might have been
a year earlier."
Judge Julian W. Mack, who was presi-
dent of the Federation of Zionists and who
bolted the Zionist organization when the
Brandeis-Weizmann conflict arose, was a
close associate of Brandeis as indicated in
many of the letters.
Exchanges with Dr. Chaim Weizmann
and an early close relationship between
them also is in evidence.
The role of Nathan Straus also is in-
teresting. He had contributed generously,
and at one point he expressed concern over
relationships with the relief committee be-
cause he believed that the seekers of
philanthropy were after his money.
Brandeis' close relationship with _is
brother, Alfred Brandeis, becomes appar-
ent in the many letters addressed to him.
Alfred shared his brother's deep interest
in Zionism. Then there are a number of
letters from Brandeis to his wife, Alice G.
Brandeis, while Brandeis was away from
Boston in Washington.
The Urofsky-Levy-edited letters conclude
with a reference to the nation having been
electrified by President Woodrow Wilson's
announcement, Jan. 28, 1916, of his nomi-
nation of Brandeis to the Supreme Court.
The forthcoming volumes of Brandeis' let-
ters thus can be anticipated to be in
themselves electrifying. It will be impossi-
ble to fail to read them after the enlighten-
ing experience of having read the Brandeis
letters up to that time.
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