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breasons—the Jew could never find peace in the exile as a bstranger and a minority person who was hated for his suc- bcess or despised for his failure. Israel was the true, final bsolution. It was either that or eventual physical and spiritual bAuschwitzes. For me, JDL had to preach the idea of Aliyah, bof return home, or become the same eventual failure that all bother Jewish groups were destined to be in the inevitable bruins of the American exile.

bUnlike the so-called traditional Zionist groups, however, bwe did not content ourselves with preaching Aliyah and bthen ridding our conscience of the Jews in the exile by bsaying: We warned you to leave and, now, since you did not bheed us, you are responsible for your own problems and we bhave no obligations to you. We understood that the Jew does bnot wash his hands of the tragedy and troubles of a fellow bJew, no matter what the circumstances. We were, therefore, bpledged to attempt to convince the Jew to leave for Israel, bbut if he did not, to do all in our power to defend him while bhe remained in the exile. Perhaps, too, the time we could bpurchase for him by our efforts at defense would be used by bthe Jew to consider the correctness of our position on his bfuture and bring him into Aliyah.

bIn the June 26, 1970, issue of the Jewish Press I wrote an barticle under the heading “Time To Go Home,” later to be bthe title of my book which was published in 1973 by a firm bcalled Nash. In my article I wrote, in part:

b“It is time to go home. It is time to go because there is breally so little time left. It is time for the Jew to understand bthat the ‘Golden Land’ like so many other Jewish utopias of bhistory, is turning to dross and that a dark cloud moves in bover the horizon slowly, gathering in the blackness and bshutting out the light of reason, freedom, and sanity.

b“It is time for the Jew to realize that Diasporan history will bnot be changed here and that the cruel chain of hatred of bthe Jew which, in nation after nation, has erupted into bpogroms and persecution, hissing hate and physical as- bsaults, exile and extermination, will not be broken here.

b“It is time for the American Jew to go home. It is time for bhim to face that which he instinctively feels in the marrow of b 

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