"Autoemancipation!" Mahnruf an seine Stammesgenossen von einem russischen Juden.
8vo. 36pp. Contemporary wrappers with original cover paste-down. Minor bumping to bottom corners. Small part of bottom corner on title page missing. Minor creasing to first 3 pages. "Leon Pinsker (1821-1891) was a medical doctor and leader of the assimilationist movement among Russian Jewry. Assimilationists were convinced that the future of Russian Jews lay in integration with Russian society at large. However, a violent pogrom in Odessa in 1871 convinced Pinsker that Jews would never be secure in Russia. After over a decade of thought, and following more serious, government-inspired violence, Pinsker traveled to Europe where he tried unsuccessfully to popularize the idea that Jews need to organize a national movement, he returned to Odessa, where he wrote "Autoemancipation" in German. The essay declared that Jews would never be the social equals to gentiles as long as they did not have a state of their own, and called for a meeting of Jewish leaders to consider the problem. The book was well received, and Pinsker was subsequently chosen to head the Hovevei Tzion (Lovers of Zion) movement that was organized in Russia to unite a network of underground Zionist study circles." Text in German. Very good condition.
Edition: First edition
Book ID: 14447