The Death of Henrietta Szold, The Palestine Post, February 14, 1945
Three newspaper articles (two on the front page) commemorating the death of Henrietta Szold were printed in The Palestine Post on February 14, 1945. These included a death announcement, details about her funeral, and an obituary. The publication of this news on the front page indicates the scope of Henrietta Szold's influence in Palestine. The endearing nickname “Mother of Israel” further highlights the way she was seen by many people.
The Palestine Post was a daily English-language newspaper printed in Palestine between 1932 and 1950. Its name was later changed to The Jerusalem Post. This newspaper covered crucial moments of the State of Israel's early history.
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Teachers of Jewish History could use this source when discussing important Jewish personalities of the twentieth century (especially women). It could also be used to discuss the Yishuv and the relationship between Jews in the Diaspora and the people of Israel. This source could be particularly appropriate on Israel's Mother's Day (now known as Family Day), since its date, 30th Shevat, was set in honour of Henrietta Szold, the “Mother of Israel.” English teachers could use this source as an example of an obituary or a newspaper article.
Why was news of Henrietta Szold’s death published on the front page of the newspaper?
What do you think this tells us about her?
What are the organizations mentioned in the article?
Why was Henrietta Szold called the “Mother of Israel”?
Henrietta Szold achieved a lot in her lifetime.
List the achievements mentioned in the newspaper articles. Read the Wikipedia article about Henrietta Szold.
What achievements did the newspaper omit?
Why do you think they did this?
What do you think was her most impressive achievement and why?
Look at this image of Henrietta Szold's gravestone in the cemetery on the Mount of Olives. What would you add or change?