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Joseph Trumpeldor

Two Types of Heroes

Letter to Liza, S. Petersburg, 11.29.1911, "Davar", 11th of Adar, 5686

I've encountered two types of heroes in the war: people who would inspire the crowd with powerful messages sending them to the battle, while they, themselves would stay behind, and people who would lead the crowd, showing them, with their personal heroism, what they ought to do. It is self-evident that even the former were sometimes beneficial. Yet, when the issue at hand was a huge campaign, complex, and such demanding a great degree of responsibility, there is no use for them; in this event, others are necessary...

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