Theodor Herzl. Statesman Without a State

Lecture and Discussion on the Occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Establishment of Israel (in German, video recording available)

Theodor Herzl (1860–1904) is widely considered the father of Zionism, without whose influence the state of Israel might never have come into being. In his acclaimed biography Theodor Herzl: The Charismatic Leader, published in 2020 and translated into German in 2022 titled Theodor Herzl: Staatsmann ohne Staat (Theodor Herzl. Statesman Without a State), historian Derek Penslar portrays Herzl's commitment to Zionism as an escape from a personal crisis. He outlines how, at a critical moment in Jewish history, his charismatic personality became key to the mobilization of a broader and more committed following.

recording available

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green


W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

Video recording from 31 May 2023, in German; Jewish Museum Berlin

Derek Penslar, William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History at Harvard University and a leading historian of Zionism, and Dr. Stefan Vogt (Frankfurt University) will discuss the complex figure of Theodor Herzl and his position in the Zionist movement of his time. Dr. Daniel Wildmann, program director of the W. Michael Blumenthal Academy, will moderate the discussion.

Where, when, what?

  • WhenWed 31 May 2023, 7 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Akademie,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium
    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (gegenüber dem Museum)
    See location on map
  • Entry fee

    Free of charge

  • Language German

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