The Dilemma

Zionism in its mainstream form is believed to have originated with Theodor Herzl in 1896, a Jewish writer living in Austria-Hungary. He published Der Judenstaat or The Jews State. In it he argued that the only solution to the “Jewish Question” in Europe was the creation of a state for the Jewish people (this was decades before Nazi Germany). Anti-Semitism was so widespread in Europe that Herzl saw the creation of a national sanctuary for his people as the only long-term answer. Nevertheless, Jewish speakers have at various points spoken out openly against the Zionist agenda. Among them, (Rabbi) Elmer Berger published The Jewish Dilemma, in which he argued that Jewish “assimilation” was still the best path for Jews in the world and not the segregation and siege mentality of the Zionist state. In his opinion Zionism itself was simply resigning to the prevailing racial myths about Jews and playing into them. []

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