Zionism in Europe
The Funeral of Ze'ev Jabotinsky

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Excerpted from an article in the New York Times,
August 7, 1940:

Tribute by 12,000 Paid Jabotinsky

They Stand Outside Chapel in Second Ave., During Funeral of Noted Zionist Leader.


Thousands Line Streets When Cortege Passes through East Side After Service

As more than 12,000 persons stood out in the street, a funeral service was held yesterday for Vladimir Jabotinsky, author, soldier and world leader of the New Zionist Organization, at the Gramercy Park Memorial Chapel, 152 Second Avenue.

Mr. Jabotinsky, who died of a heart attack Saturday night at Camp Betar, Zionist Youth Camp at Hunter, N.Y., was unaware that his son Eri, who had been imprisoned at Acre Fortress in Palestine for nationalist activities, had been released from prison earlier that day. A Zionist holiday was declared in Palestine yesterday in memory of Mr. Jabotinsky...

Led by Joseph Ruminsky  (Rumshinsky- ed.) Jewish composer, 200 Verband cantors sang an ancient Hebrew ritual chant. At the request of Mr. Jabotinsky, there were no speeches, based on the precedent of the funeral of Theodore Herzl, founder of modern Zionism.

John H. Patterson, D. S. O., British commander of the legion Mr. Jabotinsky fought with in Palestine during the World War, was among the 100 honorary pallbearers, all close associates of Mr. Jabotinsky in his fight for a Jewish nationalist state in Palestine....(cont., right)

Also see "The Betar: Ze'ev Jabotinsky."

photo: Betar founder Ze'ev Jabotinsky, founder of Revisionist Party, 1925

Estimated by Inspector John J. De Martino, who directed fifty patrolmen and five sergeants, as one of the largest funerals on the East Side, a throng of 25,000 followed the cortege or lined the route. All vehicular traffic was stopped on Second Avenue as the hearse and guard of honor went north on Second Avenue to Fourteenth Street, east to First Avenue, south to Thirteenth and then west again to Second avenue.

Proceeding south on Second Avenue, where Jewish theatres and homes had hung out mourning drapes, the cortege stopped between Tenth and Ninth Streets in front of the funeral chapel, where the cantors sang a Jewish mourning song and the Jewish national anthem.

See more photos of the various Betarim groups by clicking here.

Text from the New York times,  August 7, 1940.





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