This Day in Jewish History The Man Nobody Remembers Who Coined 'Zionism' Dies

Nathan Birnbaum embodied a myriad aspects of the early 20th-century Jewish experience, from Orthodoxy to political Zionism and back to Orthodoxy.

On April 2, 1937, Nathan Birnbaum, a thinker and activist whose ideological transformations ran the full gamut of the Jewish experience in the half-century before the Holocaust – but who is as little remembered today as he was influential during his lifetime – died, at the age of 72.