Quotation from Chaim Weizmann “The old ones will pass. They will bear their fate or they will not. They are dust” — 1937
Before the 20th Zionist Congress of 1937, referring to his testimony before the Peel Commission.
- Weizmann, Chaim (1874-1952) ( 24 quotations )
The hopes of Europe’s six million Jews are centered on emigration. I was asked: “Can you bring six million Jews to Palestine?” I replied, “No.” ... From the depths of the tragedy I want to save ... young people [for Palestine]. The old ones will pass. They will bear their fate or they will not. They are dust, economic and moral dust in a cruel world ...Two millions, and perhaps less; "Scheerith Hapleta" – only a branch will survive. They had to accept it. The rest they must leave to the future – to their youth. If they feel and suffer, they will find the way, "Beacharith Hajamin" [at the end of times]."
Dr Weizmann’s Political Address – 20th Zionist Congress, New Judaea, London, August 1937, p. 215. Quoted by Lenni Brenner, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, Croom Helm, 1983.
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