Palestine and the Jewish Future, by Berl Locker, London, 1942.

BerlLocker01This booklet, by Berl Locker, sets out the case for resettling large numbers of Jewish refugees who would survive the war (remember – this was written early in 1942) in the territory of Palestine.  It is very readable and goes through recent history, as it was at that time.  He writes about Jewish Socialism, antisemitism and emigration. 

BerlLocker02The booklet was published by the Jewish Socialist Labour Party (Poalei Zion) in London and printed by the Narodiczky Press in Whitechapel. (Item number 301 in Moshe Sanders Narodiczky bibliography).

Berl Locker was born in Kriwiec in Austro-Hungary, in 1887, and was a writer, editor and lawyer.  In 1916 he became secretary of the Poalei Zion in The Hague, then in Stockholm and then in the United States. 

In 1931 he moved to London and became a member of the Jewish Agency board, on which he served until 1935.  Between 1948 and 1956 he was chairman of the Agency’s board of directors.

In 1955 he was elected to the Israel Parliament, the Knesset.   He died in 1972.

The entire booklet is reproduced below:

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