Herzl, Theodor, Austro-Hungarian journalist and one of the fathers of modern political Zionism (1860-1904). Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("Th. Herzl").

[Vienna], 9 April 1900.

8vo. 1 page. On headed paper of the "Neue Freie Presse".


To an unidentified critic, thanking him for a friendly review of his play "Gretel": "Sehr geehrter Herr, Ihre sehr freundliche Besprechung von Gretel habe ich mit aufrichtigem Danke gelesen. Hochachtungsvoll [...]". The play's title character embodied Herzl's view of Judaism: "All the gifts and possibilities of the adult woman are already evident in [Gretel]. And it is her peculiar charm that she never knows nor suspects the existence of what is already awake in her. In her glance you read all the measure of intelligence that one needs for life, but, fortunately for her, she does not know what life is [...] She lacks only knowledge, experience, destiny; otherwise she is a complete human being" (quoted in A. Chouraqui, A Man Alone: The Life of Theodor Herzl, p. 168).


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