The Dual Legacy of Theodor Herzl

Hermann Levin Goldschmidt

in The Legacy of German Jewry

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780823228263
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237142 | DOI:
The Dual Legacy of Theodor Herzl

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This chapter discusses the dual legacy of German writer Theodor Herzl for the German Jewry. His first recognition of the Jewish problem and the reality of anti-Semitism came in November 1894 after witnessing the humiliation of Captain Alfred Dreyfus. He also realized that the Jewish problem required a political solution. After this, Herzl engineered the “new exodus to Egypt” and composed the The Jewish State to spur the Jewish masses into action. He negotiated with various governments to have a place for the Jews to relocate, and thus brought the Jews into world politics.

Keywords: Theodor Herzl; German Jewry; Jewish problem; Captain Alfred Dreyfus; The Jewish State

Chapter.  2411 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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