Heartsick, Max Nordau Writes About the Death of Theodor Herzl

July 26, 1904

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Heartsick, Max Nordau Writes About the Death of Theodor Herzl
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2 pages | SMC 235

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      Writing just three weeks after the sudden death of his friend and political partner Theodor Herzl, Nordau thanks an American journalist for his “very interesting and spontaneous appreciation of my lamented friend Herzl whose loss has been a terrible shock to me and to all those that have known and loved him.” He notes that the way he is mentioned in the article is also extremely kind - but he cannot think of himself, now, in his bereavement.

      Nordau and Herzl had first met in the early 1890’s when they were both  Paris correspondents for the German-language newspaper Neue Freie Presse. Their friendship began, however,  when Herzl, pressed to see a psychiatrist because of his outré Zionist beliefs, saw Nordau – who understood him at once, and fervently agreed. “If you are insane,” he said, “we are insane together. Count on me!”

      At Herzl’s death, Nordau was offered the presidency of the World Zionist Organization, but declined.



      Autograph Letter Signed (“Dr. M. Nordau”), in English, 1 page, duodecimo, 8, Rue Leonie, Paris, France, July 26, 1904. To Charles J. Rosebault in New York. With autograph envelope.
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      8, Rue Leonie, 8

      Paris, July 26th 1904

      My dear Sir,

      I thank you for your kind attention of forwarding me your very interesting and spontaneous appreciation of my lamented friend Herzl whose loss has been a terrible shock to me and to all those that have known and loved him.  The way you mention me is extremely kind also.  But how can I think of myself in my bereavement?
       
      Yours sincerely,
       
      DR. M. Nordau

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      [M]r. Charles J. Rosebault
      The Sun Building,
      170 Nassau Street,
      New York