Nadworna Reports in "Die Welt"

"Die Welt" was founded by Theodor Herzl.  It was published weekly in Vienna and Koln from 1897 through 1914.  Starting in 1903 it served as the house organ of  the Zionist Organization (renamed World Zionist Organization in 1960). In the years prior to 1903 "Die Welt" ("The World") featured regular reports submitted by Zionist associations of all sizes from across the world. Nadworna reports appear from 1898 through 1902. Occasionally personal notes appear as well. For the full German text and an English translation of the Nadworna Reports:

1898-1899 1900 1901 1902

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The search is not a full text search and so does not find all references to Nadworna in "Die Welt". The site is in German. Microfilm copies of "Die welt" can be found at various libraries. e.g. the Research Library of the New York Public Library.

Facts the knowledge of which is assumed by the articles' authors

Shimon Bar Kochba: Leader of the Judean rebellion against the Romans from 132 to 135 C.E..
Behaalosecha: The parasha (weekly reading from the Pentateuch) that describes the use of the menorah in the Temple.  Numbers 8:1-12:16.  The Haftorah for this portion is the same as that used on Hanukkah. The connection with the Maccabees was cause for the Nadworna "Zion" association to have an annual celebration the week that Behaalosecha was read.
Esrog (plural Esrogim): citron. One of the four species used as part of the Succos celebration.
First Zionist Congress: The first Congress took place in Basel, Switzerland on August 29, 1897.
Golden Book: Donations are made to the Jewish National Fund to record special events or honor someone. The first inscription was made by Theodor Herzl.
Hasmoneans: Family of Jewish leaders and rulers of Judea from 167 to 37 B.C.E..
Theodor Herzl:  (1860-1904).  Founder of the modern Zionist movement.
Jewish Colonial Trust:  Established in 1899, this was the first Zionist bank. Its goal was to collect sufficient funds to attain a charter for Palestine. The amount of capital raised was far from the target. At the 1903 Zionist Congress, the directors recommended, and the shareholders approved, the payment of a dividend to shareholders.
Jewish National Fund:  Fund to purchase land in Palestine. It was established at the Fifth  Zionist Congress held in  Basel, Switzerland in 1901. It had originally been proposed by Prof. Zvi Hermann Schapira at the First Zionist Congress.
Chaim Kleinmann:  Bank clerk from Nadworna who placed a blue collection box marked Keren Le'umit (National Fund) in his office. This became the Jewish National Fund's trademark blue box after Chaim sent a letter to "Die Welt" (24 January 1902 issue page 13) proposing the use of the  blue collection boxes.
Maccabees: "The Hammers". Members of the Hasmonean family and their followers who successfully overthrew Syrian Greek rule of Judea around 167 B.C.E. . They were an important symbol of Jewish independence for the Zionist movement.
Max Nordau: (1849-1923) Co-founder with Theodor Herzl of the Zionist Organization.
Rabbi Samuel Mohilewer: Rabbi from Bialystok. Religious Zionist. He was active in Hovevei Zion (Lovers of Zion). In the summer of 1887 he attempted to turn Hovevei Zion into a religious Zionist movement.
Zvi Hermann Schapira:  Early Zionist thinker. In 1884 he created a tin collection box for supporting Jewish settlement in Palestine.  He called it the Keren Kayyemeth Le'Israel (Jewish National Fund) box. He proposed the establishment of the Jewish National Fund at the First Zionist Congress.
Zionist Shekel: The name of the certificate of membership in the Zionist Organization, given to every Jew who paid annual membership.

Family names in the reports

The following names are found in the reports. Alternate spellings that are clearly the same person are separated by slashes. Home towns other than Nadworna follow the name in parentheses. German town names are used.

Bacher (Stanislau), Bascheles/Baseches/Basseches, Berger (Bucharest), Betrower, Bibring (Nadworna, Stanislau), Bogonolny (Tulczyn), Boxenbaum, Bryck/Bryk (Kolbuszowa), Burstyn
Fillenbaum/Fullenbaum, Förster, Friedler (Stanislau)
Gartenberg (Vienna), Goldschlag (Stanislau), Gottlieb (M.-Sziget, Hungary), Griffel
Harz,  Hirsch, Hübner
Jekel, Jolles, Jonas (Stanislau)
Kamornik, Kanner, Kern, Kleinmann, Klüger, Knoll, Koppelmann, Kratenstein, Kutin
Landes (Stanislau), Landesmann, Löwensohn (Stanislau)
Mehr/Meier, Melzer, Menczel (Czernowitz)
Petrower, Pröses
Rosenberg, Rosenheck (Kolomea), Rozanski
Quittner (Stanislau)
Salz (Stanislau), Schapira (Stanislau), Sekler, Shreier, Singer (Wiznitz), Sobel, Stein, Streit (Tlumacz), Stylus, Sussmann
Taubes (Kolomea)
Wundermann (Pasieczna), Wurzel (Stanislau)

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