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AHUM SOKOLOW was a man of monumental achievements
and extraordinary talents. Born in the small Polish town
of Wishograd, he attained the pinnacle of journalism, and was
a real linguist. Three generations of Hebraists enjoyed his
scintillating Hebrew, combining that of the rabbinic scholar and
the polished
Maskil.
For many years he served as editor of the
daily
Ha-Zefirah
and of the annuals
He-Asif
(1885-1894). As the
historian of Zionism he wrote a book, with a preface by Lord
Balfour, which is as authentic as it is classic. When the Hebrew
weekly
Ha-Olam
was established in Koln as the official organ
of the World Zionist Organization, Sokolow became its editor.
His pen was prolific, but few of his creations were published
in book form. He believed there could be no Zionism without
knowledge of the original Hebrew, which was his soul’s language.
Through the spoken and written word he promulgated this ideal
in almost every nook and corner of the world.