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Lot #    16634
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 12:50:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Lapidim
Title (Hebrew)    לפידים
Author    [Only Ed.] Dr. Jacob Israel De Haan
City    Tel Aviv
Publication Date    1942
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 12 pp., 299:218 mm., light age staining, bound as issued.
   Collection of writings of Jacob Israel De Haan (1881–1924), Dutch journalist and martyr, born in Smilde. De Haan was the son of a cantor and the younger brother of the authoress Carry (de Haan) van Bruggen. Abandoning his parents' Orthodoxy, De Haan set out on a career that was to lead him through many spiritual crises and much personal and political turmoil. He flirted with anarchism, socialism, and even Christianity, and in 1907 married a non-Jewish doctor. De Haan's wife financed his study of law, in the course of which he visited Russia and published In Russische gevangenissen ("In Russian Prisons," 1913). After his graduation in 1916 he became a law tutor, but when he failed to secure a chair at Amsterdam University he decided to devote himself to writing. Shortly before World War I, De Haan reverted to strict Orthodoxy, and had begun writing verse of an increasingly religious and mystical nature. He was already a Zionist, and now joined the Mizrahi movement. In 1918, abandoning his wife and children, he settled in Palestine. Here he became the correspondent of the Amsterdam Algemeen Handelsblad and the London Daily Express, and at first adopted a Zionist position. He soon became disillusioned with both the religious and the secular leaders of the yishuv, and joined the ultra-orthodox Agudat Israel, becoming the spokesman of the Jerusalem "Ashkenazi Council" headed by R. Joseph Hayyim Sonnenfeld. He began sending regular anti-Zionist reports to the overseas press, and pro-Agudat Israel memoranda to the British Mandatory authorities and the League of Nations. De Haan's political services to the Orthodox community created a furor: non-religious Jewish students boycotted his lectures at the government law school, and he was repeatedly warned to cease his activities. De Haan ignored these warnings. On June 30, 1924, he was brutally assassinated near the Sha'arei Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, where he had attended evening prayers. His assailants were two members of the Haganah, acting on instructions issued by their high command. Like his life, De Haan's death provoked great controversy. The champion of unrelenting orthodoxy, De Hahn was successfully interceding with irreligious Zionist aspirations - they killed him in cold blood!
Paragraph 2    קבץ מאמרים לזכרונו של פרופ. ד"ר יעקב ישראל די-האן זק"ל... יח שנה למותו. המו"ל: חוג די-האן, ע"י פועלי אגודת-ישראל. המערכת: יצחק קמינקר...
   A. Z. Ben-Yishai, Ha-"Kadosh" De Haan. Hayyav u-Moto (1925); CD-EPI 0301327
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica