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Herzl’s ties to the red, white and blue

Date:06/30/2013
Although he never set foot in the USA, Herzl still made some connections with American Jewry, as David Geffen recounts on the 109th anniversary of his death

250px_21st_Zionist_Congress_1939_GenevaWednesday, July 3, marks the 109th anniversary of the death of Theodor Herzl. In the US the Yiddish newspapers’ headlines rang out in 1904: “Our Prince has Fallen.” In seven brief but intense years of activity, Herzl fashioned the building blocks upon which the Jewish state, Israel, became a reality.

 

Previously unknown in Jewish circles in Europe and America, until his first book, AltNeuland, “OldNew Land,” appeared in 1894, he went about weaving a coalition of secular and religious Jews together with noted world leaders and committed Christians so that his project, a homeland for the Jews, could get off the ground. In his feverish period of activity, he proved that “if you will it, it is no dream.”

 

Click here to read the full article by David Geffen on the JPost


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