This is my great-grandfather, Isidore Solomon Bressler.
I have long heard stories that he may have been involved with the Zionist movement regarding the establishment of the state of Israel. While I’ve never been able to find conclusive proof of these stories (which involve arms smuggling and other questionable activities and would make for a fantastic story), I have found this.
In 1920, Sol received a passport to travel to Palestine, England, and Egypt. What was he planning on doing? Well….
He’s going to investigate the possibility of up a clothing trade in Palestine. Hmmm….
and “Moreover, Mr. Bressler is desirous to aid in the development of the land.”
That’s a pretty ambiguous statement. I know that my great grandfather was not a farmer, so what kind of development was he interested in- because I can’t imagine that it was agricultural!
I’ve also found this
So I know he made it to Jerusalem in early 1921.
But what was happening in Palestine during this time? Well, in April of 1920 the Nebi Musa riots occurred.
It’s interesting that Sol should choose to go to Palestine when the area is obviously unstable- particularly for the purpose of commercialism. Maybe I’m connecting dots that don’t exist, but I wonder if the unstability of the area was exactly what drew Sol to Jerusalem.
I’ve also found that there were a few kibbutzes, a moshav, and a moshava founded in 1921. Was Sol involved in any of these things? I don’t have any evidence of anything other than that he was actually in the region. To the best of my knowledge, his father’s clothing store never branched out into Palestine. And besides, who would send a 19 year old to investigate a business opportunity? That in itself sounds a little fishy to me.
Maybe someday something will surface that will explain what Sol was up to in 1921.