We only know one goal: A Jewish State! – Rolf writes from Hachshara Ahrensdorf

23.7.1938

We only know one goal: A jewish State! Only one flag: the one in blue and white – and we only have one thought: „Chaluziuth“. And then, whatever will happen, can happen. I am not canting, my dear Helli, those are in long and difficult fights well thought through words. Everything that comes into our way, we will manage with our steely will, everything bad will be improved even if takes us years. The more difficult the fight, the better our mood. „Eyn davar“ (It’s alright – L.O.), is what we are saying until then to everything. Do the same, then life will be better and more beautiful and more fun.

This is the last letter from Roli, in which he is describing in a calm and optimistic manner the situation in the Hachshara camp. In this letter, which differs from the previous ones with its maturity, Roli grew, the letter is full of Zionism and preaching to his sister in Palestine.

Apparently, Helga complained to Roli about the situation in Palestina, we know that it was very hard for her, and she probably claimed that the Hachshara grouped lied to them, about life in Palestina. Roli claims that it the city, that was her mistake.

Here is the full letter:

23.7.1938

My dear Helli,

I was thinking a lot about your letter, which you wrote nearly a month ago. It is the first time that you thoughtfully wrote about things, which, as you believe, we overlook. But that is not true. We all know about the still outstanding shortcomings in the country (Palestina. L.O.), the missing professional institutions, the crisis, the misery, the unemployment. But we also know that these things had to develop because many lost the „chaluzishe“ Spirit.

People moved from the settlements to the city, out of societal reasons, which you mentioned too, and to which I will respond in a second. People moved to the city, which experienced a specious prosperity. A city can not live of its own. A city needs trade, logistics, entertainment and the most important: Purchase quantity, back land, consumers also in the far areas.
If unfortunately, the back land stays bleak  – because the lack of workers brings the settlers to a lack of production which is the reason, why the cannot earn enough and therefore they are not able to buy things – this is the reason why everything is happening in the city.

Did you ever hear of unemployment in the countryside? Yes, in the „Kwuzoth“, which are depending on work from outside, and the JESH AVODA (There is a job. L.O.) is an important thing. The reason for that is also the Arab problem, a second thing, which we have to overcome through hardheadedness and endurance. It is not the fault of our people.
As long as we people have „Chaluzim“, who have the willpower to work as farmers at the countryside, no matter what deprivation, danger, and society, as long as the Eyn Davar (It’s alright – L.O.) in everybody is louder the heaviness of life, we will have a chance for recovery.

You people in the city already lost your roots. You are neither connected to the soil anymore nor to the idea itself.
I know, it is not your fault, it is the fault of the „Hechaluz“ in Germany, who dipped you into ideals, and send you to the Holy Land. But we know everything, everything difficult, rejected and failed regarding the living over there.
We even understand, why you over there have all those objections, you are talking about in your letter, too. Because you do not want, that we feel like you and will become disappointed
We can not be disappointed. We know everything, everything.

Listen, that is why we are even more determined to making everything better there. We are already the younger ones, who got to know a good life for many years. We already know the danger and the difficulties of community-life, even if, as you say, it happens here under the pressure of the uncertainty of the Aliyah-Confirmation.
But I believe that we will not fail within the even bigger societal shifting. We are not coming alone like the „Chawerin“ (Friends, co workers in the Hachshara group. L.O.) of the „Hechaluz“ (youth movement that orgenized the Hachshara camps. L.O.). With them everything is the same, it does not matter, who goes where. This one goes to Herzlia (City in Israel. L.O.) to his Chawerim , the other to Jagur, into a huge community „where one does not know another“, the third to Eyin Charod (Kibutz in Israel. L.O.) – what about the particular friendships, what happens to the relations out of the Hachshara?

We come in groups, that already know each other since they did not know the difference between spade and shovel. We stay together, during the Hachshara, during the Aliyah and in the land itself. Did you hear of Maajem ? There are Czechs and Germans. First, the Germans were unhappy, felt backed off. They could not manage to become friends. But slowly, when all of them learned more and more Ivrit, as in collective work swamp became agriculture land, it happened that they learned to know and understand each other and now, all of them stand together in Chamuta (Kibutz in Israel. L.O.), building the Northern Fence and they are one block, that understands each other. A little „Chewrah“, not 900 like in Jagur, but 60, who know each other in their weaknesses and can consult each other. That is how it should be with us, that is how it will stay.

We only know one goal: A Jewish State! Only one flag: the one in blue and white – and we only have one thought: „Chaluziuth“. And then, whatever will happen, can happen. I am not canting, my dear Helli, those are in long and difficult fights well thought through words. Everything that comes into our way, we will manage with our steely will, everything bad will be improved even if takes us years. The more difficult the fight, the better our mood. „Eyn davar“ (Everything will be alright – L.O.), is what we are saying until then to everything. Do the same, then life will be better and more beautiful and more fun.

In love
your Rolli

Translation from German: Mimi Sewalski

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