The Mystery of Theodor Herzl

A young secular Viennese writer had an experience 125 years ago that would lead him to change Jewish history forever. He could never explain it. Can anyone else?

Theodor Herzl in Palestine in November 1898. David Wolffsohn, Imagno/Getty Images.

Theodor Herzl in Palestine in November 1898. David Wolffsohn, Imagno/Getty Images.

Essay
Jan. 4 2021
About the author

Rick Richman is a resident scholar at American Jewish University and a frequent contributor to Mosaic. He is the author of Racing Against History: The 1940 Campaign for a Jewish Army to Fight Hitler (Encounter Books, 2018).


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