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In the meantime Pinsker, in his last years, built with irrepres-
sible zeal the foundation of a sputtering international
Hibba t
Zion
organization on which Herzl, a few years later, was enabled
to rear the Zionist movement. Among the 205 attending delegates
at the first Zionist Congress in 1897, 185 were associated with
Hibbat Zion
organizations.
The Tribute of Theodor Herzl
Theodor Herzl’s tribute to
Auto-Emancipation
is enduring
testimony to its power to evoke faith in the national ideal and to
influence men to pursue it.
February 10 [1896]. Read today the pamphlet entitled
Auto-Emancipation. An outstanding correspondence in the
critical part, a great similarity in the constructive one [to
his Jewish State]. A pity I did not read this work before
my own pamphlet was printed. On the other hand it is a
good thing I didn 't know it; perhaps I would have aban-
doned my own undertaking. At the first opportunity I shall
speak about it in public . . .7
Thus today
Auto-Emancipation,
a Zionist literary classic, on an
equal pedestal with
The Jewish State,
is the eternal monument
to its redoubtable creator—Dr. Leo Pinsker.
7 The Complete Diaries of Theodor Herzl,
trans. by Harry Zohn, ed. by
Raphael Patai (Herzl Press, New York, 1960), vol. I, p. 299.