NAHUM GOLDMANN (1894-1982)
Ben Gurion once reproached me with being a wandering Jew, I answered that some people have their roots in themselves and have no need to put them down in any particular soil.... I once told Ben-Gurion that he considered problems from the viewpoint of Sde Boker, his little kibbutz, whereas I saw them from a plane flying twelve thousand metres high. It is a different approach. — Nahum Goldmann
The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the only international body dedicated solely to advancing Jewish cultural activities, was established by Dr. Nahum Goldmann in 1965 with reparation funds from the Government of West Germany. Through its various programs, the Foundation has played a central role in the dynamic recovery and growth of the Jewish people in the post-World War II period, fostering remarkable cultural creativity and assuring the continuity of Jewish civilization.
Dr. Nahum Goldmann was one of the most prominent leaders of the Jewish people and the Zionist movement during the twentieth century. Among his many accomplishments, he was one of the founders of the World Jewish Congress, which he served as president for many years, president of the World Zionist Organization, and one of the architects of the reparations agreement with Germany. The story of his life is an integral part of the history of the Jewish people and of the State of Israel.
The full feature on the great Zionist leader and Jewish statesman may be viewed on the Jewish Heritage Online Magazine. The feature is based on the exhibition, Statesman without a State: Nahum Goldmann 1894 -1982, which opened at Beth Hatefutsoth, the Museum of the Jewish Disapora (which Goldmann helped found) in January 2003.
The exhibition accompanied an international conference on Goldmann, marking the 20th anniversary of his passing (under the auspices of the Zionist Research Institute at Tel Aviv University, in cooperation with Brandeis University and with the support of the Claims Conference and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture).