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Austro-Hungarian journalist (1860-1904), playwright, political activist and writer, the father of the modern political Zionism, the movement that promotes the Jewish immigration to what is today Israel. Herzl died in 1904 at age 44, over 4 decades before the creation of the state of Israel, yet he is widely considered the spiritual father of the Jewish State for his visionary work.
Typed letter signed in German, provided with a translation, dated in Vienna, Dec 17th, 1902. As chairman of the World Zionist Organization, Herzl reports to the membership on the hiring of Theodor Hirsch, from Konigsburg, Prussia, as manager of the Jewish Colonial Bank in London. Letter has a second signature, of the person who typed it, and an ink stamp of the Jewish Colonial Trust.
Letter incorporates text from a Nov. 23rd, 1902 letter by David Wolffsohn (1856-1914), Herzl´s associate, a central figure of the Jewish Colonial Trust and later Herzl´s successor as President of the World Zionist Organization. Incorporated in London in 1899, the Jewish Colonial Bank eventually would evolve into the National Bank of Israel after the independence.
One page, 8.4 x 10.8 inches, scattered light foxing, central fold, overall uniform age toning, some repairs on verso, in very good condition.
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