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The Zionist Movement

October 18, 1898 Theodor Herzl Meets Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany in Palestine
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October 18, 1898 Theodor Herzl Meets Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany in Palestine

Eight o’clock in the evening, at the hotel After the audience with the Kaiser, which I will enter tomor­row en route. I had arranged with the Kaiser and with Bulow that this very evening I would submit the draft of my address in Palestine (e.g. October 29, 1898). Draft: Your Imperial and Royal Majesty! Most […]

January 13, 1898: I Accuse,  Letter to President of the Republic by Emile Zola
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January 13, 1898: I Accuse, Letter to President of the Republic by Emile Zola

January 13, 1898 I Accuse Letter to President of the Republic by Emile Zola

The Balfour Declaration – Why did the British make this announcement?
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The Balfour Declaration – Why did the British make this announcement?

The Balfour Declaration was a commitment that the British made to the Zionist movement during the First World War, wherein Britain undertook to establish a Jewish National Home. The question is, why did the British make this announcement? Prof. Ron Zweig, New York University

Herzl on a Boat En Route to Palestine
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Herzl on a Boat En Route to Palestine

Herzl and Zionist leaders en route to Eretz Israel. In Herzl’s diary, he describes the end of the voyage: “When day broke we began to search for the Jewish coast… it is strange to see what emotion this barren land arouses in most of the travelers: The elderly German priest from South Africa, the Russian […]

Zionist Delegation to Jerusalem, 1898
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Zionist Delegation to Jerusalem, 1898

From right to left: Joseph Seidener, Moses T. Schnirer, Theodor Herzl, David Wolffsohn, Max Bodenheimer.  

Victims of the Kischinev Pogrom, 1903
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Victims of the Kischinev Pogrom, 1903

The bodies of victims of the Kischinev (Chisinau) pogrom which took place on April 19, 1903. The anti-Jewish riots in Kishinev, Bessarabia, are worse than the censor will permit to publish. There was a well laid-out plan for the general massacre of Jews on the day following the Russian Easter. The mob was led by priests, […]

The Second Zionist Congress, Basel, Aug. 28-31, 1898
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The Second Zionist Congress, Basel, Aug. 28-31, 1898

In the face of a more active opposition to Zionism from amongst various Jewish leaders, Herzl called on the Congress to “conquer the communities.” In essence, this was a demand that the Zionist movement focus its attention not only on political activity for Palestine but also on work within the Jewish communities. At this Congress, […]

Cover of Altneuland
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Cover of Altneuland

Herzl wrote this Zionist novel in 1902, which describes the future Jewish state as a social utopia.

1897, Cover of Das Neue Ghetto, a Play Written by Herzl
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1897, Cover of Das Neue Ghetto, a Play Written by Herzl

Das neue Ghetto, play in four acts, by Theodor Herzl.  First published in German in Die Welt. Location: Vienna, 1893. The play was written following the Dreyfus trial which Herzl surveyed as a journalist. It focuses on an assimilated Jewish lawyer who tries and fails to break through the social ghetto enforced on Western Jews. The […]

Cover of Der Judenstaat, Feb. 1896
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Cover of Der Judenstaat, Feb. 1896

In Der Judenstaat, Herzl outlined his vision of the Jewish State: The idea I have developed in this pamphlet is an ancient one: It is the restoration of the Jewish State. . . The decisive factor is our propelling force. And what is that force? The plight of the Jews. . . I am profoundly […]