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Next year in Paramaribo: Galut and Diaspora as scene-changes in the jewish life of Jakob Meijer

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In the thirties of the last century Jakob ( Jaap) Meijer (1912-1993) lived and studied in Amsterdam and was an active Zionist-a Zionist activist. Diaspora, in neutral terms meaning the dispersion of the Jewish people, was already a fact in Jewish history centuries before the destruction of the Second Temple. Zionism gave the term a passionate political connotation-dispersion and exile merged together in one catchword of contempt: shlilat hagalut, the rejection of exile. On 12 January 1953, Jaap Meijer wrote a strictly confidential letter to Phili (Philip Abraham) Samson in Paramaribo. In Paramaribo he published Pioneers of Pauroma, a contribution to the earliest history of the Jewish colonization of America, and other publications, which appeared in Paramaribo or Amsterdam.

Keywords: Amsterdam; Jakob Meijer; Jewish people; Paramaribo; shlilat hagalut



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