THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
42—Friday, October 25, 1974
Two Eminent British-Jewish Personalities
... Or An
One could always recognize leading member of the New Herzl, issued by the JSP, the don where he mentioned that
at a glance when Oskar had Zionist Organization (NZO) first announcement, that we he had seen the last issue of
discovered fresh particulars and I belonged to the Jewish were preparing a work on his paper "Medina Ivrit".
"Herzl and England". How- This copy is possibly among
in his research on de Medina State Party (JSP).
or other famous figures. He
Oskar was a gifted journa- ever we later decided that the books and archives he
would be in a cheerful mood list, a good speaker, partic- each of us should write on left to the Hebrew University
• BAR MITZVAS
and would talk about it. Os- ularly in discussions, and a
kar was both, scholar and fighter for political Zionism. we did.
binowicz is immortalized in
banker, so, as an historian,
In 1949, Chaim Weizmann's
Early one morning, i n
CALL ANY DAY — ANYTIME! 1
he was eminently suited to March 1939, I went to the "Trial and Error" appeared. the History of Zionist Liter-
portray the financier de Me- printers to examine the latest We again discussed this and
copy of "Medina Ivrit", Oskar undertook to respond
According to Oskar, he was which I had been preparing to it. His work, "Fifty Years
Sir Solomon de Medina
Failure to repent is much
The first Jew in England
worse than sin. A man may
to be knighted was Sir Solo- n 1672 he, with his family, by I noticed some Nazi sol- lysis of Dr. Weizmann's 'Trial have sinned for but .a mo-
mon de Medina. He was an left Amsterdam to settle in diers. So, I never did see that and Error' " (1950) is his ment, but he may fail to re-
finest achievement and is ac-
observant Jew and a mem- London. He was a religious last printed copy.
pent of- it moments without
ber of the Spanish and -Portu- Jew, a generous donor and
Oskar came into the world cepted in Zionist literature. number.
40 4. q&k.
guese Synagogue. The date
in 1902, studied in Bruenn
was June 23, 1700 and the Portuguese Synagogue. De and Prague and was chair- time examining 'frial and
knighthood w a s conferred Medina was acquainted with man of the Zionist Revision- Eror" and his book was ac-
upon him by King William King William III and he was ists of Czechoslovakia. When claimed even by admirers of
' III (William of Orange). The again the first Jew, whom a the split came, one part re- Weizmann who intended to
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second Jew was Sir Moses King, because of his impor- mained within the Zionist Or- issue a second edition of
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Montefiore whose title was tant service to the country, ganization, forming under "Trial and Error". Unfor-
23077 Greenfield at 9 Mile
.bestowed upon him by visited at his home.
Meir Grossman and Robert tunately, however, Weizmann
Oskar deals with de Me- Stricker the Jewish State became ill and could not ful-
Queen Victoria on Nov. 9,
.1837; he, too, was a mem- dina as merchant and con- Party, but the other part, fill his promise.
ber of the Spanish and Portu- tractor to the armies of the the majority, under the lea-
His second work of signifi
Duke of Marlborough, the dership of Vladimir Jabotin- cance is "Winston Churchill
Oskar K. Rabinowicz, who victor of the historic battle sky, left the ZO and founded on Jewish Problems" which
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died in 1969, left MSS on Sir at Blenheim. Marlborough's the NZO. Oskar took - over the was published by the World
• Knitting • Needlepoint • Crocheting • Etc.
Solomon, which John M. enemies succeeded in ap- NZO of Czechoslavakia. In Jewish Congress in London
Shaftesley, former editor of pointing a commission to in- 1939 Oskar left Prague and (1956). Here, too, one can
the Jewish Chronicle, has vestigate his financial af- came to London, but in 1956 trust the accuracy of Oskar.
edited. In the last years, fairs. Oskar insists that the he moved to New York.
He often mentioned that he
Shaftesley, thanks to his yearly payments Marlbor-
The biographical sketch is working on a continuation
knowledge and experience, ough received from 1707 to (21 pages) by Judish and of "Churchill on Zionism".
has made it possible for a 1711 from de Medina "was Theodore is written with He probably left MSS on this,
number of publications by the not in the nature of bribery" love and admiration for their as well as on Arnold Toyn-
Jewish Historica Society, to but- "adhered to the old pre- father, though, unfortunately, bee, so that more publica-
Over 20 colors
appear. Shaftesley is now edi- vailing practices which was it contains mistakes and er- tions by Oskar can be ex-
tor of its publications, and in force . . . five years before rors which should be cor- pected. A collection of his
the book issued under his sur- Sir Solomon de Medina be- rected in the second edition. selected essays would be wel-
veillance, including Solomon came contractor". General Nahum Sokolow was Presi- comed by readers of Zionist
15075 W. Lincoln, 1 Blk. W. of Grnf(cl.
de Medina, are a valuable Marlborough was dismissed, dent of the XII Zionist Con- history.
Lincoln Towers Apt. Suite 119
contribution to our literature. but the investigation "did gress in Karlsbad (1921) and
A short time before he
Albert M. Hy amsen, in not find Medina guilty of bri- of the Executive of the ZO
Ground Floor Entrance
968 - 1015
"Sephardim of E n g l a n d" bery or of any unlawful act." and not—the "Editor of the died, he again visited Lon
(London, 1951), notes that
In contrast to a few other Congress Paper". Judith and
Oskar K. Rabinowicz sup- historians, Oskar emphasizes Theodore write about the
plied a "detailed account of that the philosopher Voltaire, split: "The adherents of
Medina and his activities to who visited London in 1726, Weizmann stayed in the ZO
the Jewish HiStorical Society, did not lose money "because and called themselves the
but has not yet been pub- of a Jew called Medina", but JSP." It- is not correct to
lished". The lecture was de- because of the bankruptcy of state that the JSP were "ad-
livered in 1947 and for some a bank which had no connec- herents of Weizmann", for
twenty years, Rabinowicz tion with de Medina.
the JSP always remained in
continued with his research,
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Sir Solomon returned to opposition to the policies of
and from the hundreds of Holland in 1702, although he Weizmann.
notes, his scholarly efforts continued to visit London
In London we often met,
Oak Park, Mich.
13720 W. 9 Mile Rd.
to present an authentic pic- from time to time. Years la- sometimes, daily. In 1942,
ture of de Medina can be ter fortune deserted him and after discussions with Joseph
Near Post Office
he lost a great deal of money, Leftwich and Oskar, I pub-
but paid his debts to avoid lished, in the brochure on
bankruptcy. In addition there
were family differences. He
on rterything in the store. Storting Tues., Oct. 29th.
died in Amsterdam in 1730.
We featvre gifts, cards and decorative accessories.
What happened to the des-
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historian James Picciotto-
the "left the pale of Juda-
ism". In Oskar's publication
we find the answer to neg-
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lected questions. His "Sir
Solomon de Medina" is a
contribution to Anglo-Jewish
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Jewish News Special
"Sir Solomon de Medina"
__ by Oskar K. Rabinowicz
and a biography of the au-
tor by Judith K. Tapiero
and Theodore K. Rabb.
Published by the Jewish
/Historical Society of Eng-
. land, London, 1974; 155pp
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The Zionist weekly "Die
Juedische Volksstimme" was
begun by Max Hickl (1873-
1924) in Bruenn and already
in the same year, in 1900,
Robert Stricker's first arti-
cles appeared in it. After the
First World War, there were
contributions by Yitzhak
Gruenbaum, Emil Margulies,
Nahum Goldmann and among
others by young Oskar K.
Rabinowicz. Three or four
years later, this paper also
printed my first articles.
I met Oskar at Zionist
Congresses and Conferences,
but our real friendship start-
ed in 1938, when I arrived in
Prague after the Anschluss
and became sub-editor of his
paper, "Medina Ivrit—Juden-
staat", although he was a
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