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HadassahAmerican Women Zionists and the Rebirth of Israel$
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Mira Katxzburg-Yungman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774839

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774839.001.0001

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Hadassah, 1933–1947: Responding to Crisis

Hadassah, 1933–1947: Responding to Crisis

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(p.34) Chapter Two Hadassah, 1933–1947: Responding to Crisis
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Hadassah
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Mira Katzburg-Yungman

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781874774839.003.0002

This chapter discusses organizational developments during the Second World War. From 1937 a gradual shift took place in Hadassah's policy that saw it beginning to engage in political activity. A significant contribution was made to this change by David Ben-Gurion, the Zionist workers' leader who would later be considered the architect of the Jewish state. In addition, the rise of Hitler to power in 1933, and the consequent challenge of coping with the problem of the Jewish refugees from Germany, led to an expansion both of Hadassah's activity and of the organization itself. Furthermore, the chapter reveals that Hadassah's political activity in the three years between the end of the Second World War and the establishment of the State of Israel was only part of its overall programme. Another part, which the organization saw as one of its central roles, was the education of its members along Jewish and Zionist lines.

Keywords:   World War II, Hadassah, political activity, Nazi Germany, Jewish refugees, organizational expansions, State of Israel, Jewish education, Zionist education

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