By Dr. Gerardo Stuczynski
President of COSLA the Latin American Zionist Federation
Member of the Expanded Zionist Executive
The prevailing anti-Semitism in Europe at the end of the XIXth century transformed Theodor Herzl’s life and the fate of the Jews forever.
While the crowd screamed euphorically “death to the Jews” Herzl heard the call of his people in the liberal and cultivated France. These people with a great past, yet with no foreseeable future, were led by this bearded modern Moses.
However, his dream came true late. Not only because like Moses he could not see the culmination of his work with his own eyes, but because his obsession had been to save his people. He did not foresee the gas chambers, but he did foresee the destruction that he could not manage to prevent.
In a way, Zionism always existed. From the first exile, people felt homesickness, a need to return, a religious or mystic feeling, but there was not a concrete political agenda.