Herzl Reloaded – It’s No Fairytale

Staged Reading with the Authors and Heio von Stetten as Theodor Herzl (audio recording available, in German)

“Dear Dr. Herzl, … you would be hopelessly lost in Israel of today.”

What does Theodor Herzl, founder of Zionism, still have to say to us today? In a fictitious e-mail exchange, Doron Rabinovici, author and historian who was born in Tel Aviv and lives in Vienna, and his friend Natan Sznaider, who was born in Germany and teaches sociology in Tel Aviv, enter into a trialog with Herzl the visionary, who died in 1904.

recording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The Old Building is marked in green


Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Rabinovici and Sznaider put Herzl on the spot. How much does his work The Jewish State correspond to today’s Israel? Is there such a thing as a Jewish society? How do tradition and start-up modernity merge in Israel? And what is the significance of the memory of the Shoah?

An exciting exchange of views on Judaism, the Israeli present, and the Jewish Diaspora.

A cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation

Bookcover (detail)

Audio recording of the reading, in German; Jewish Museum Berlin 2016
Image: Bookcover; Jewish Publishers at Suhrkamp Publishing House

Where, when, what?

  • When7 Jul 2016
  • Where Old Building, level 2, Great Hall
    Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin
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