MAX NORDAU REFLECTS ON ZIONISM: THERE IS ONE THING [THAT] RECONCILES THE LESS PLEASANT FACT OF GETTING OLDER: THAT IS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT ONE HAS NOT LIVED THE PAST YEAR SOLELY FOR ONESELF, BUT RATHER IN THE TRUE FULFILLMENT OF DUTY FOR OTHERS, FOR THE ENTIRE [JEWISH] PEOPLE .
NORDEAU, MAX. (1849-1923). Zionist leader; born Max Simon Sudfeld; early Jewish nationalist who was instrumental in establishing recognition of Palestine as a potential Jewish homeland. Scarce Typed Note Signed, ”Dr. M. Nordeau,” in German, on a 10 centime French postcard. Julloville. August 2, 1902. To Jonas Wolpe. Nordeau writes: ”At the moment in Jullouville / Manche/ August 2, 1902. Much honored sir and friend, of the kind letter from your and your lovely wife, which only just reached me in Paris before our departure for the seaside, I can only say that I have said to you so often: thank you from the bottom of my heart for your brotherly disposition, which I fully reciprocate. There is one thing reconciles the less pleasant fact of getting older: that is the knowledge that one has not lived the past year solely for oneself, but rather in the true fulfillment of duty for others, for the entire [Jewish] people. I can say this about myself. Warmest greetings from house to house. I embrace you in a brotherly sense. Your respectful friend S.M. Nordeau.”