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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-08-24

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Hollander's 'My Life' Recalls His Notable
Roles in Mizrachi, Bar-Ilan, World Zionism

Herman Hollander is a,
name that has gained dis-
tinction in Israel, in Zionist
ranks, in Jewish Agency
leadership.
Hollander has for years
held highest positions in
Mizrachi, in the establish-
ment and administration of
Bar-Ilan University, in
associations with the most
noted personalities in world
Zionism.
His life story is told in
My Life and What I Did
With It," which was pub-
lished by Koren Publishers,
Jerusalem.
A native of Altona,
Prussia, where he was
born in 1911, Hollander
commenced his career in
his father's leather busi-
ness at the age of-17 and
his world travels gave
him international status.
Hollander was 20 when
he arrived in the U.S. to es-
tablish the family business
connections. He left Ger-
many in 1931, two years be-
fore Hitler's rise to power,
but the Holocaust left its
mark on him, even if he was
not directly involved as a
victim of Hitlerism, and he
applied all his devotions to
aiding the sufferers and to
lead in the movement that
provided relief for the suf-
ferers from the world plague
of Nazism.

He soon became involved
in major Jewish functions,
always in Orthodox ranks,
ever devoted to the tradi-
tional. His leadership in
Mizrachi, therefore, was a
natural association in ranks
that led him to the highest
rungS of Zionist affiliations.
His first associations with
leading spiritual leaders
were with Rabbis Joseph
Lookstein, Leo Jung, David
deSola Pool and Herbert
Goldstein. He studied with
them, observed the Sabbath
and holidays with them, be-
came inseparable from the
spiritual life of American
Jewry.
Hollander became de-
eply involved in Mizrachi
affairs in 1933, a year be-
fore his marriage to the
former Grace
Schwarzchild and his
life's activities were
merged with Orthodoxy
and Zionism.
It is understandable why
he should have been re-
ceived into the movement
with open arms by such
leaders as Gedaliah Bub-
lick, Rabbi Mordecai Kir-
shblum, Rabbi Wolf Z. Gold,
Ari Leib Gelman, and
others.
At 34, he was chairman of
the administrative commit-
tee of Mizrachi. He assumed
leadership in cultural ac-

No one in polite society
those days ever mentioned
women's legs. Women had
only limbs.
Besides the liberation of
women, Ernestine Rose was
very much interested in
some of the cooperative set-
tlements that in her day
began to be formed in
America. It is a fact that
there was something like a
kibutz movement in
America in the middle
period of the last century. It
was the time of Brook Farm
in which men like Emerson
and Horace Greeley were
interested.
If Ernestine Rose saw the
silver Susan Anthony dollar
today, she would say that's
progress.

But there is a better
kind of progress too. With
all the talk today about
synthetic fuels, it is in-
teresting to recall the
case of Dr. Chaim Weiz-
mann, who was a young,
almost unknown scien-
tist, when the first World
War broke out. There was
no lack of oil then but the
British military machine
was sorely short of an-
other essential — rubber
for its military machin-
ery.

Chaim Weizmann came
to the rescue developing a
synthetic rubber which
saved the day. It was this
discovery which brought
Weizmann the favor of
England and led to the Bal-
four Declaration.
Chemistry had more to do
with the beginnings of the
Jewish state than most

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Susan Anthony's Jewish Mentor

By DAVID SCHWARTZ
(Copyright 1979, JTA, Inc.)
The new silver dollar is
here with an engraving of a
woman, Susan Anthony, on
it. Hooray!
Some people are com-
plaining, saying it is too
small — no bigger than a
quarter, but the physical
size does not matter too
much. What we are con-
cerned about is its purchas-
ing power.
Anyway, it marks pro-
gress. The organizer of the
first woman suffrage society
has at last been honored. It
is unfortunate that at the
same time the rabbi of Pet-
rokov is forgotten.
Petrokov is a little town
in Poland and it had a
sizeable Jewish popula-
tion and the rabbi of Pet-
rokov was like the rabbis
of most small towns, but
there was one difference.
He was the father of Er-
nestine Rose, to whom
Susan Anthony gives
. much credit in her auto-
biography.
Ernestine Rose, born in
Petrokov, came to the U.S.
when Susan Anthony was
growing up and made
speeches all over the coun-
try urging the right of
women to the vote. Susan
Anthony was inspired by
her:
Ernestine Rose probably
learned to speak listening to
her father, the rabbi of Pet-
rokov, and she spoke out
boldly. She didn't like the
whole attitude of the male
to the female sex. Women.
according to the prevalent
attitude, she said, were not
even supposed to have legs.

Primary Edu ation
in a Religious School
isn't what you
remember . . .

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volvement in activities in
support of Bar-Ilan, it is
noteworthy that he takes
into account,- in his life's
story, of the important roles
played in the religious-
oriented university in Israel
by Detroiters Phillip, Max
and Frieda Sthllman.
Having held very impor-
tant positions in world Miz-
rachi, as a delegate to World
Zionist Congresses, as a de-
voted member of the Israel
community, the Hollander
role is strongly linked with
his people and the Jewish
state.
Comments on political
developments, evidences
of services he rendered to
aid the survivors from
Nazism, the gifts to the
culture of his people —
these are but a few of the
gifts of an eminent leader
to the movements,
causes, traditions to
which he was devoted.
Hollander's "My Life"
concludes as it began —
with a dedication to a con-
tinuing devotion to his
people. His memoir serves
as a chapter illuminating
vital areas of Jewish ex-
perience and the important
role of religious Zionism in
state-building.

tivities and his chief aim
was to advance educational
tasks for American Jewry.
As life progressed he be-
came both guide to the affil-
iated in Orthodox Zionism,
a leader in organizational
efforts, a philanthropist in
support of the religious
Zionist and related move-
ments.
He cannot be viewed as
strictly parochial be-
cause he soon assumed
important roles in the
world Zionist ranks, in
general as well as general
Zionism. He served as
chairman of the finance
committee of the Jewish
Agency and his associa-
tion was with the most
distinguished in world
Jewry.
Thus, in the process of de-
scribing what he did with
his life, Hollander relates
the associations with the
great in Jewish life, in in-
ternational as well as Is-
raeli functions, and his list
of people who served with
him in chief international
Jewish functions in behalf
of Zionism and Israel is a
veritable Who's Who in
World Jewry. Weizmann,
Ben-Gurion, Begin, Sharett
— these and scores of others
were in his circle of associ-
ates.
Because of his deep in-

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Kiryat Shmona is one of the
better known Jewish set-
tlements in Israel which has
been subjected to more than
average attack by Arab ter-
rorists. A correspondent for
one New York paper asked
an American family which
settled there, if they weren't
worried.
"Why should we worry
here more than you worry
about muggings in the
United States," they an-
swered.

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