HENRIETTA SZOLD: Israel's Helping Hand by Shulamit E. Kustanowitz

HENRIETTA SZOLD: Israel's Helping Hand

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the ""Women of Our Time"" series, a profile of the dedicated woman (1860-1945) who founded Hadassah and was responsible for saving thousands of young Jews from Nazi Germany. Born in Baltimore to Hungarian immigrants, Szold became a teacher when she was denied an opportunity to go to college and later started the first night school to teach English to immigrants. An early Zionist, she organized Hadassah in 1912 to promote improved health and education in Palestine. The author relates Szold's story to her Jewish upbringing and customs, her family's influence and pressures, and to the founding of Israel. Szold's journals and letters seem to be the source for such personal touches as the poignant story of her one, unrequited love. But although there are some hints of crustiness, there is no real sense of how this formidable woman impressed others. A basic, workmanlike but rather bland portrait of a woman who deserves more recognition. Illustrated with attractive b&w watercolors. No index.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1990
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Viking