Das Neue Ghetto, Schauspiel in 4 Acten von Theodor Herzl. The New Ghetto by Theodor Herzl. Vienna, Self-published, 1903. German.
A four-act play. The play deals with an assimilated Jewish lawyer in 1893 Vienna, who tries to get out of the social ghetto imposed on Western Jews, but fails. At the end of the play, he died. His tragic death at the end of the play signaled to the Jews in the Diaspora that their current situation required immediate change. The play was written under the influence of the Dreyfus trial, which Herzl covered as a journalist, and the trial caused a change in Herzl's worldview and led him to the conclusion that the solution to the Jewish problem in the Diaspora would exist only if they were given an independent state of their own. The play was written in just 17 days, from October 21 to November 8, 1894. Fearing reactions to the play, Herzl wrote the play under the pseudonym ''Albert Schnabel''. Herzl dedicated the play to Dr. Max Nordau. Owner signature and ink stamp of Ernst Kalmus on the title page.
A sticker was affixed to the title page that read: WIEN 1903 BUCHDRUCKEREI ''INDUSTRIE'' SELBSTVERLAG - Vienna 1903 "INDUSTRIE" self-published book printing. Some say that the publisher may have used copies of the first edition in his possession, and added a sticker with the year 1903, indicating the year of distribution of this edition. Either way, before us a very early edition of ''The New Ghetto''.
, 100 p. 22 cm. Light stains. Old cardboard cover. Good Condition.