Next Year in Marienbad: The Lost Worlds of Jewish Spa Culture

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Chapter 12
Traveling to Bohemia

Heal the Heart (the Body)…

Herzl and all the respected gentlemen
Put the foundation of the Jewish State, in Basle
Wolfsson and Nordau and bubbly Ussishkin
And Motzkin and all members of the Congress
Wolfsson brought the funds to the land
Nordau gave the respect and fame
Ussishkin gave the energy of the generation
and Bialik brought “El Hatzipor”
Only Herzl walked there hurting
Because Herzl gave his heart to the land.
                                                     —Yoram Teharlev, “Herzl”1

It was 3 May 1904. The proprietor of the Villa Impériale in Franzensbad, an elegant hotel near the Kurpark, was surprised by an unannounced guest at the reception desk.2 The bearded gentleman from Vienna was the first patron in this new season, and she had to have a bed brought up to the room she offered him. That same day the gentleman sent two letters to Vienna, one to his wife, Julie, and a second to his mother, Jeanette, in order to tell them he had arrived safely. “My dearest darling,” he wrote to Julie, “I have a splendid and cheap room, am staying right in the middle of the park in this elegant hotel, in a salon with four windows up on the first floor,” and from this vantage he even had a direct view of the spa orchestra.3 Franzensbad, still abuzz with preparations for the impending beginning of the summer season, seemed to him to be dead, like Altaussee in November: the merchants were getting ready to put a new coat of paint on their shops, the book dealer had

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Next Year in Marienbad: The Lost Worlds of Jewish Spa Culture
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Jewish Culture and Contexts ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction- The (Mirrored) Playroom 1
  • Part 1- Be’Era Shel Miryam 11
  • Chapter 1 - A Letter 13
  • Chapter 2 - Consuming Places 17
  • Chapter 3 - In a Large Garden of Modernity 32
  • Chapter 4 - Bourgeois Experiential Spaces of Worry and Concern 49
  • Part II - Beit Dimyoni 67
  • Chapter 5 - A Conversation 69
  • Chapter 6 - Miscounters 76
  • Chapter 7 - Encounters 106
  • Part III - Odradek 135
  • Chapter 8 - A Story 137
  • Chapter 9 - The City in the Hills 141
  • Chapter 10 - Warmbod Grotesques 157
  • Part IV - Jutopia 177
  • Chapter 11 - A Map 179
  • Chapter 12 - Traveling to Bohemia 182
  • Chapter 13 - To Bohemia and beyond 197
  • Afterword Return to Bohemia 219
  • Abbreviations 225
  • Notes 227
  • Bibliography 265
  • Index 295
  • Acknowledgments 303
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