Saving the clan
While some of Theodor Herzl’s family members immigrated after the Holocaust, a significant group on the religious side arrived in Palestine thanks to the efforts of Yechiel Roth.
While some of Theodor Herzl’s family members immigrated after the Holocaust, a significant group on the religious side arrived in Palestine in the late 1920s thanks to the efforts of Yechiel Roth, Rabbi Yossi Sarid of Mevasseret Zion told Haaretz this month.
“Yechiel immigrated in 1926 with a group of six people,” says Sarid. About two years later, Roth − a fourth cousin, once removed of Herzl through his mother Jeanette − returned to Hungary and went door-to-door to convince his family that the time had come to immigrate to Palestine.
A photograph of the family in Palestine from the 1930s bears witness to all those who might otherwise have perished in the Holocaust, including Sarid’s parents and Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman’s father, Menachem Neeman.
According to Sarid, those relatives have produced over 100 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In Israel, about 15 to 20 relatives − all of them distant cousins − show up at state events honoring Herzl’s memory, says Haim Haran, who is from a different branch on the family tree than Sarid.