Das Neue Ghetto

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 lawyer’s death at the end of the play serves as a warning that the situation of Western Jews is unbearable.