SZOLD, HENRIETTA. (1860-1945). American Zionist and founder of the women’s organization Hadassah. ALS. (“Henrietta Szold”). 2pp. 8vo. Written on a single sheet of her personal stationery on board the S.S. Belkas, April 28, 1924. To English-Jewish activist and author HANNAH BARNETT-TRAGER (1870-1943), whose father Zerah Barnett was one of the founders of Petah Tikvah and Neve Shalom.
“Only the leisure of a sea-voyage gives me the opportunity of replying to your letter of November 12 and acknowledging the receipt of your book, Pioneers in Palestine.
Your letter reached me a day or two before I left America for Palestine, on December 1 of last year. The book had to be forwarded to me in Jerusalem. I confess, however, that to read it I also had to await the leisure of this return trip to the United States. I have just finished it. With my recent experiences in Palestine, among the men and women who constitute the third pioneer movement, fresh in mind, I was particularly well-attuned to your reminiscences. I read the book through at one sitting. I agree with Mr. Zangwill that we need more such books. We need the human documents that will teach us confidence in our ultimate success and so patience to endure and await its coming.