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THEODOR HERZL - DOCUMENT SIGNED 03/04/1903 - HFSID 280348

THEODOR HERZL Theodor Herzl, one of the founders of modern Zionism, signed this typed circular letter in translated German in 1903 about elections at an upcoming meeting of the Zionist World Congress, which he organized. Signed documents by Herzl in any form are extremely rare.

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THEODOR HERZL Theodor Herzl, one of the founders of modern Zionism, signed this typed circular letter in translated German in 1903 about elections at an upcoming meeting of the Zionist World Congress, which he organized. Signed documents by Herzl in any form are extremely rare. Written one year before Herzl's death in 1904! Typed letter signed "Herzl" as "Obmann" (Chairman) in blue ink. 1 page, 7¾x9½. Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria), March 4, 1903. Circular letter in German, translated: "Dear Sirs! The congress may take place in early summer this year, perhaps already in July. We therefore ask you, to direct your attention to the 14 of the organization statutes. This reads: The election of the delegates for the Zionist Congress is a direct and secret one. The other election modalities remain with the state's organizations. These however, have to get the acknowledgement for the election modality by the closer A.C. at least three months prior to the congress… We therefore ask you in the sense of this provision to declare what modality you will use for the elections this year. Yours faithfully With Zion's greetings For the A.C.:". "The Zionist Congress" is probably the Zionist World Congress, which he organized in 1897. In 1896, Hungarian-born Herzl (1860-1904) wrote Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State), which advocated the founding of a Jewish State in Palestine. He organized the Zionist World Congress in Basel, Switzerland in 1897 and was President of the Zionist Organization from 1897 to his death in 1904. In Europe, Herzl kept in contact with many leaders. In 1901, England offered the Jewish people land in British East Africa. This divided many Zionists who wanted a home in Palestine. Extreme worry over the dispute affected the health of the founder of modern Zionism and hastened his death in 1904 at the age of 44. Theodor Herzl is rare in any form. Lightly toned and creased. Light scallop in left edge. Otherwise in fine condition.

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