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Rudolf Bing: Becoming a Zionist

Rudolf Bing (born February 8, 1876 in Nuremberg) was a member of the Nuremberg establishment both by origin and profession: He was a descendant of a famous family of manufacturers, international hops dealers, writers, physicians and jurists as well as benefactors on behalf of the city of Nuremberg. His own professional achievements made him a well known law expert and prominent member of Nuremberg's Bar Association. In his memoirs entitled "My life in Germany before and after January 30, 1933" (NCA F 5 no. 494), which he wrote after the immigration to Palestine in May 1939, he described his transformation from a German-Jewish citizen to a fervent Zionist. He lost his native country and the faith in his fellow Germans, but found a new home in Israel. Rudolf Bing is an example for the splendid men and women in any field of economy and science whose loss never could be compensated in the city they were expelled from.

Rudolf Bing Gertrud Bing, his wife
Rudolf Bing Gertrud Bing, his wife

Now I am 64 years of age. In Germany I was a resident of Nuernberg (a Bavarian city with approximately 420,000 inhabitants). I am married and the father of two daughters. At this time I have no income (my last taxed income in Germany was approx. RM 12,000 ). I am of Jewish religion. In Germany I worked as a lawyer at the District Court and the Court of Appeal in Nuremberg until November 1, 1938 ...

Anna Bing Gertrud Bing, his wife
Anna and Dora, Rudolf Bing's daughters who emigrated to Erez Israel before their parents.
About Dora see the chapter "Dora Friedmann: The Story of Kfar Shmaryahu"

We spend our old days with our children in the countryside now. They give us shelter an bread. After outward careless, inward empty years, after the chaos of the war and the confusion of the post-war period some fanatical fools and criminals forced us to leave. Now the clear and pure aim of the construction of Palestine lies ahead of us. We see children and grandchildren using their strengths for this task. They are luckier than their parents because they accept being different and form their lives according to this understanding.

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