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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 31Poland and Hungary: Jewish Realities Compared$
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François Guesnet, Howard Lupovitch, and Antony Polonsky

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781906764715

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906764715.001.0001

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Morality, Motherland, and Freedom

Morality, Motherland, and Freedom

The Arduous and Triumphant Journey of Michael Heilprin to America

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(p.159) Morality, Motherland, and Freedom
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Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 31
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Ferenc Raj

howard lupovitch

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781906764715.003.0008

This chapter highlights the life of Michael Heilprin and his journey to America. Heilprin's ideas, ideals, and guiding mottos and practices in America were shaped during his formative years as an uncompromising scholar and political activist in Hungary during the tumultuous 1840s. Heilprin continued to work for morality, motherland, and freedom in America. A country that was not founded on morality and freedom, he believed, could not be his motherland. While Heilprin, himself a Polish Jew who was born in Russia and had lived in Hungary, was readily accepted and welcomed in most American circles, he witnessed how painfully difficult and often humiliating life could be for the new Russian Jewish immigrants. He was among the first to offer his help and, on their behalf, to prepare and implement a comprehensive plan for the establishment of Jewish agricultural colonies.

Keywords:   Michael Heilprin, America, political activities, Hungary, morality, motherland, freedom, Russian Jewish immigrants, Jewish agricultural colonies

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