Herzl thought he could stop it by moving Jews out of its path and into their own land.
Herzl believed that, beyond the victims of racism themselves, “only a Jew can fathom” African slavery, in all its “horror.”
Herzl writes to Rhodes in his diary on Zionism, You are the only man who can help me now….
Were he alive, Herzl might have grounds to sue—but the open-minded journalist would know better.
His father was very much in this mode, a Hungarian refugee, secular, "emancipated," but much like Herzl, shaped by anti-Semitism.
In the Fraternity debates Herzl expressed himself sharply against any open or covert manifestation of such sympathy.
The inner apotheosis was drawing nearer and nearer for Herzl.
In this sense Herzl could say later that the Dreyfus affair had made him a Zionist.
With this play Herzl completed his inner return to his people.
Reluctantly, Herzl came to the conclusion that there was only one reply to this situation.