Discovering Basel City
A Historic Jewish Landmark
TODAY, WE EMBARK ON AN ENCHANTING TRIP, TO THE SWISS CITY OF BASEL IN THE UPPER RHINE REGION, RIGHT AT THE HEART OF EUROPE. A JOURNEY TO THE PAST THAT WILL TAKES US TO WHERE, MORE THAN A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, THEODOR HERZL AND A GROUP OF JEWISH LEADERS LAID THE FOUNDATIONS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JEWISH STATE, DURING THE LEGENDARY FIRST ZIONIST CONGRESS.
"IF YOU WILL IT, IS NO DREAM"
MORE THAN SEVEN DECADES AFTER THE CREATION OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL, THIS TINY CITY, WHICH SINCE 1970 HAS BECOME THE WORLD’S ART MECCA IS, A PERFECT JEWISH UNCOVERING DESTINATION TO VISIT.
" Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word -which I shall guard against pronouncing publicly- it would be this: at Basel I founded the Jewish State. If I said this out loud today, l would be greeted by universal laughter. In five years perhaps, and certainly in fifty years, everyone will perceive it." -Theodor Herzl.
LEFT: Rhin River view, Basel City ./ RIGHT: Theodor Herzl, at Les Trois Rois Hotel Balcony, Basel 1897.