Nahum Goldmann, Statesman without a State

Nahum Goldmann

Nahum Goldman was a publisher and author, but above all a statesman whose wisdom helped shape the postwar world.

Nahum Goldmann, Statesman without a State, is an exhibit that attests to the vision and accomplishments of a man whose life (1895-1982) went well beyond geographical borders and nationalist conceptions. Together with Chaim Waizmann and David Ben-Gurion he helped formulate plans for the establishment of the state of Israel, but never thought that a Jewish state would be the answer for all Jews. Rather, Goldmann believed there must be vibrant Jewish organizations throughout the Diaspora and helped found the World Jewish Congress and the Conference of Jewish Organizations. He was a major force in negotiating German reparation payments with his groundbreaking demand that Germany make global restitution to the Jewish people.

This exhibit was original prepared for Beth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, in Tel Aviv. Additional material is displayed at the LBI for the first time.

June 10, 2003 – September 18, 2003 at Leo Baeck Institute

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