Notes and Suggestions for further reading:
This story is based on quotes from Herzl’s diaries in the masterful history of Israel and Zionism, The Siege by Conor Cruise O’Brien, on pages 72-73. It records Herzl’s amazement at his growing fame and popularity. It is difficult to overstate the nearly messianic fervor that Der Judenstaat unleashed into the Eastern European Jewish masses.
(The book is out of print, but used copies are easily accessible. It was published in 1986, and you can’t find a better read for history up till that period. It’s insightful, witty, and incredibly well written.)
Panel 1: Abdul Hamid II
Panel 2: Jews of Bulgaria
Michael Unterberg (author) and Zvi Ron (artist) have been making comics together since they were classmates in Yeshivah of Flatbush elementary school. They both live in Gush Etzion.
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