The life of Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), the founder of political Zionism, was brief, fascinating, dramatic and tragic. Herzl lived only 44 years, most of which he spent desperately trying to become a famous playwright; yet at the age of 35 he became obsessed with the Zionist Idea, and soon became the charismatic political leader of Zionist Jewry, revered and idolized by many, vilified and excommunicated by many others. I
Avner Falk holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington University, St. Louis, MO. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as Mental Health Officer and was appointed Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Hebrew University Medical School. He has been an independent scholar in applied psychoanalysis since 1983. His Psychoanalytic History of the Jews is being published this year (1996).