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Theodor Herzl
Having learned just three days earlier that the Jewish community in Munich did not want his first international Jewish congress to be held in Munich as he had just announced in his new weekly Zionist newspaper, ?Die Welt,? Theodor Herzl thanks his correspondent for asking him to serve as a prize judge, hoping that it will not take too much time because he is ?very busy? ? three days later he relocated the First Jewish Congress to Basle, Switzerland.
Vienna, June 14, 1897. 5.75" x 7.75". "Autograph Letter Signed ?Th Herzl,? one page, 5.75? x 7.75?. Vienna, June 14, 1897. On laid paper, imprinted letterhead of the ?New Free Press.? In German, not translated. Triangular portion in seemingly blank upper right cut away. Partial split at right edge of mid-horizontal fold strengthened on verso with archival tape. Fine condition. In full, ?Das mir freundlicht augetragens Preisrichteramt nehme ich mit besten danke an und hoffe mir, dass es mich nicht zu sehr in Ansprich nehmen wird, da ich ohnehin stark beschäftigt bin.? In 1891, Theodor Herzl was appointed the Paris correspondent for the influential liberal Viennese paper ?Neue Freie Presse.?The anti-Semitism he witnessed in Paris inspired him to write a play, ?The New Ghetto,? in October 1894. The main character is a Jewish lawyer who urges Jews to free themselves from their spiritual ghettos. On October 15, 1894, Capt. Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French military, was accused of treason. His court martial trial began in Paris on December 19, 1894. Only journalists who had received special permits and witnesses in the case were admitted to the court. As a representative of ?Neue Freie Presse,? Herzl attended the trial. On December 22, 1894, Dreyfus was found guilty of having sold plans of fortifications and other government secrets. Herzl heard the court?s presiding officer rule, ?The Court condemns Captain Alfred Dreyfus to deportation and internment for life in a fortified place and to deprivation of his military rank.? The French newspaper ?La Libre Parole? port … [Click Below for Full Description]
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