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Theodor Herzl’s European Legacy
In 1897, Theodor Herzl convened a Congress in Basel, during which he introduced his idea of a «Jewish State.» With our online exhibition, we show the development of his vision through objects, which include items in the Jewish Museum’s permanent collection. In this exhibition, we show the development of Herzl’s vision of a «Jewish State,» which originated in the late nineteenth century and developed into a political movement through numerous Zionist Congresses. Herzl was not alive to see the declaration of the State of Israel in 1948, but he nevertheless numbers among its spiritual founders, and even today his legacy remains: His countenance decorates banknotes and stamps; his name is inscribed in Israel’s geography (Herzlia, Herzlberg). Our online exhibition draws on objects from the collection of the Jewish Museum of Switzerland to provide a glimpse into Herzl’s life and works.
With generous support from the Basel-Loge Foundation.