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Fourteen pieces on the Jewish people open with a 1929 retort to Dr. Willy Hellpach's criticism. Einstein calls himself "a strong devotee of the Zionist idea", who discovers his Jewishness only after coming to Germany. Only Herzl's dream of a center in Palestine can restore Jews' hearts. Writing to an unnamed Arab in 1930, Einstein proposes a Privy Council comprised of a doctor, lawyer, trade unionist, and ecclesiastic from each community, meeting weekly to look out for the welfare of the entire population. Note: neither side considers this. The OZE society works to alleviate Jews' suffering during the Depression while the ORT seeks to remove centuries of social and economic handicaps.

A long editorial note sets up the four "Addresses on Reconstruction in Palestine". The first three date from Einstein's third visit to the US, 1931-32 and look backward over the ten years since the fourth piece...

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