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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11Focusing on Aspects and Experiences of Religion$
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Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774051

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774051.001.0001

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On the Brink of Disaster: Hillel Zeitlin’s Struggle for Jewish Survival in Poland

On the Brink of Disaster: Hillel Zeitlin’s Struggle for Jewish Survival in Poland

(p.77) On the Brink of Disaster: Hillel Zeitlin’s Struggle for Jewish Survival in Poland
Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 11

Shraga Bar Sella

Liverpool University Press

This chapter evaluates how Hillel Zeitlin's views on the Zionist state changed as his ideological and religious views evolved. Despite the changes, his outlook was always dominated by insistence on a territorial solution. Zeitlin was strongly influenced by Spinoza's philosophy and Comte's positivism. With the appearance of political Zionism, he became one of its enthusiastic supporters. His searching and speculation led him to the theories of Schopenhauer, Hartmann, and Nietzsche, which affected his Zionist outlook and fashioned his mode of action. He also participated in the Fifth Zionist Congress as a Zionist representative from the town of Homel. His deep admiration for Herzl led him to unquestioning support for attempts to establish a charter for Jewish settlement in Palestine and for Herzl and Nordau's catastrophic solution to the Jewish problem of survival, which involved any feasible territorial settlement, not necessarily in Palestine.

Keywords:   Hillel Zeitlin, Zionist state, Zionism, Fifth Zionist Congress, Jewish settlement, Palestine, Jewish survival, territorial settlement

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