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December 02, 1983 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-12-02

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, December 2, 1983 7

100th Anniversary of the Poem
The New Colossus' by Lazarus

(Continued from Page 1)
of her brief life - calling on
her fellow Jews to revitalize
the homeland of ancient
days. It is this unexpected
combination of loyalties to
the U.S. and to her own
Jewish people which makes
Emma Lazarus such a fas-
cinating personality.
Born into a New York
Sephardic family in 1849,
she displayed her literary
talent quite early and was
already writing poems in
her teens. When a collection
of her verse appeared in
1866, Ralph Waldo Emer-
son reacted very positively
to it. In fact, Emma dedi-
cated her second volume of
poetry, "Admetus and
Other Poems" (1871) to
Emerson, the well-known
thinker and writer. He spec-
ifically praised her sensitiv-
ity to the hellenistic ideals,
themes which she continued

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to pursue in her writing
throughout the eighteen-
seventies.
In 1876, she read George
Eliot's new novel, "Daniel
Deronda," in which the
topic of the Jewish home-
land reborn touched her
spirit very deeply. A key
character in the story stres-
ses in a moving dialogue,
"There is a store of wisdom
among us to found a new
Jewish polity, grand, sim-
ple, just like the old - a re-
public where is equality of
protection, an equality
which shone like a star on
the forehead of our ancient
community, and gave it
more than the brightness of
Western freedom amid the
despotisms of the East .. .
our race shall have an or-
ganic center."
Furthermore, as his
character developed,
Daniel takes on himself
the responsibility "of re-
storing a political exis-
tence to my people, mak-
ing them a nation again,
giving them a national
center . . . though they too
are scattered over the
face of the globe."

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"WHERE NICE THINGS HAPPEN"

Emma Lazarus caught
the fervor of Jewish
nationalism from George
Eliot's novel. She was
touched by the settlement
schemes in the Holy Land
suggested by Laurence
Oliphant in his book "The
Land of Gilead," and she
read the essays of Leo Pins-
ker. (Theodor Herzl wrote
that had he known of Pins-
ker's "Auto - Emancipa-
tion," his own writings
might have been superflu-
ous.) All these, together
with her growing aware-
ness of the persecutions
perpetrated against the
Jews, now turned her into a
major advocate of the
Jewish cause.
In 1881 and 1882, as the
Jewish immigrants began
to arrive in large numbers
in New York, she spent
many hours with them, so
as to link herself more
closely with her people.
When a bitter attack ap-
peared in the Century
Magazine in the spring of
1882 against these
downtrodden immigrants,
Emma Lazarus answered
the charges and defended
their right of life free from
oppression. She noted that
her proud fellow Jews, who
had been pioneers of prog-
ress, had been forced to en-
dure terrible humiliation.
Her "Songs of a Semite"
and "Epistle to the Heb-
rews" appeared in 1882 and
1883. They are the most
complete expression of her
program to study Hebraic
sources and to promote the
development of a Jewish
homeland. Unfortunately,
during her last few years
she was afflicted by a de-
bilitating illness, and she
died in 1887 at the age of 38.

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In the latter part of
1883, when funds were
being collected to build a
pedestal for the Statue of
Liberty, various poets
and writers were urged
to submit materials to aid
this project. Her con-
tribution, a sonnet called
"The New Colossus,"
written in December
1883, captured the spirit
of the statue and all that it
would come to mean both
to the American people
and to all those who
sought freedom from
persecution.

After being_ auctioned for
the unheard price of $1,500,
the sonnet was put aside for
practically 20 years. Then a
campaign inspired by the
great newspaperman
Joseph Pulitzer led to the
refurbishing of the base of
the statue and the placing of
a plaque with Emma's son-
net there for all visitors to
read.

Give me your tired, your
poor
Your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free
The wretched refuse of your
teeming shore
Send these, the homeless,
tempest-toSt to ine
I lift my lamp beside the gol-
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