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At the base of this performance is a famous photograph taken at the Three Kings Hotel in
Basel, Switzerland. In this photograph, we see Herzl (Theodore Binyamin Ze'ev Herzl, born in
Budapest, 1860), the father of modern zionism and visionary of the Jewish state, leaning on
the hotel's balcony and gazing at a point away from the camera, in a thoughtful expression.
As Herzl had an exceptional political talent and a very developed theatrical sense (being
himself a play writer as well as a journalist - the Paris correspondent and later the literature
editor of the liberal Vienna newspaper Neue Freie Presse) one can safely assume that this
picture was carefully thought of and planned just as any other detail in Herzl's campaign that
was a huge one-man manifestation of skillful dramaturgy and an outstanding mise-en-scene.
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