Zionist Commission to
I am thoroughly discouraged and disappointed. We are making no headway, things look worse and worse every day. We lack men, we lack authority, and we lack cooperation—in short our work is about to become a hopeless failure.
To begin with, the only persons in the entire Zionist organizations of Europe who are in any way worthy of the tremendous responsibility placed upon them by our American Jews, who are without a doubt the idealistic as well as material source of practical Zionism today, are Julius Simon of England and Commandante Bianchini. Weitzmann is not a big man, he is a clever and calculating politician, he knows how to play the game of diplomacy—but he is not an organizer, and executive, or a constructive worker. Sokolov has passed the stage where he can be of real active value to the Organization—at present his chief virtue seems to lie in his ability to antagonize Weitzmann and yet live in the same suite of rooms. The worth London Bureau which is supposed to be our guiding light and source of inspiration is made up of a crowd of old fogies and Simon, most of whom gather together at intervals, during their spare time, and casually discuss the mistakes which are being made in
Mr. Robert Szold is doing the work of three. He is proving to be an executive, a financier, a politician, a diplomat and a good fellow. His work is invaluable. And yet political conditions are such that if Frankfurter*, for whom we have been wiring for the last week, doesn’t come Szold must go to
The Commandante Bianchini is a delightful gentleman. He is suave, keen, level-headed, never out of temper or excited, and a man of firm principles. His work on the Commission is handicapped in many ways because of his connection with the Italian Govt. He is unable for instance to take the responsibility of anything done by us, he can only act as our adviser. But in official circles he is highly respected and has constant entry.
The remaining active member of the C is Mr. Lewin-Epstein. He is a fine man personally, but as an executive for any work is a failure. Then of course there is myself, the present Secretary of the Commission. As such I have a little of everybody’s business constantly before me and a lot of interesting work.
As to the nature of our work and its progress the renewed censorship in
I have received very few letters from you as yet, but was glad to get your telegram today, dated the 5th. I suppose that the trouble in
Lots of love and Kisses,