About Zelig Eugene Suskin
Selig Suskin ( 1873–26 February 1959) was an Israeli agronomist and an early member of the Zionist movement.
Suskin was born in 1873 in Crimea, then part of the Russian Empire and now part of Ukraine. He was active in the Zionist movement while in Russia, and immigrated to Ottoman Palestine in 1896, after studying agronomy in Germany.
He was one of the founders of the settlement of Be'er Tuvia (until then known as they named Qastina, after the neighboring Arab village of the same name), and worked on the planting of eucalyptus to drain the swamps of Hadera.
In 1898, Suskin accompanied Theodor Herzl during his visit to Palestine, and subsequently assisted in research to examine the possibilities for agriculture in different regions in the country. In 1903, he participated in the Sixth Zionist Congress, where he was elected to the Committee for the Study of Eretz Israel, along with Otto Warburg and Franz Oppenheimer. In connection with the works of the committee, he was part of a delegation to El Arish, in the northern Sinai, to investigate the area at the request of Herzl. Part of his agricultural research was conducted in collaboration with Aaron Aaronsohn, with whom he became friends while in Zichron Yaacov in the early part of the twentieth century.
In 1918, he was appointed Director of Settlement on the Jewish National Fund (the "JNF") and, following a tour of Europe, began to examine the implementation of an agricultural model. The model included intensive agriculture on small plots of land. He tried to implement this model in the Binyamina district, and it saw success with the founding of Nahariya in 1934. He also championed the use of hydroponics - the growth of plants on water.
He became a supporter of Ze'ev Jabotinsky and of the Revisionist movement.
In 1958, Suskin was awarded the Israel Prize, in agriculture.
About זליג אויגן סוסקין (עברית)
ד"ר זליג אויגן סוסקין (25 במרץ 1873, קרים – 26 בפברואר 1959, תל אביב) היה מראשוני התנועה הציונית ואגרונום שפעל כאיש מקצוע בפיתוח ההתיישבות החקלאית. מוכר כאחד ממייסדי נהריה