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    Albert Einstein Typed Letter Signed "A. Einstein". One page, 8.5" x 11", New York; May 19, 1948. A letter to Chaim Weizmann, congratulating him on becoming the second Chairman of the Provisional State Council of Israel. Einstein also briefly discusses his opinions on Israeli politics and the mistreatment of the Israeli State and the Jewish people by the Americans and British. The letter is typed on Einstein's personal Princeton letterhead and typed in German. A translation of the letter reads in full:

    "Dear Mr. Weizmann,

    I read with true satisfaction that Palestinian Jewry has placed you at the head of its new state, and thus at least in part has made amends for the lack of gratitude toward you and your great accomplishments. Even now one cannot say that the powerful people of the Earth mean well for us. The game the English are playing against us is awful, and the American position seems dubious.

    But I have confidence that our people will overcome even this last great spectre, and that you will yet experience the satisfaction of having created a happy Jewish commonwealth.
    With heartfelt greetings and wishes,
    Your
    A. Einstein"

    Following World War II, there was an upheaval within the Zionist political community. Einstein and others felt that the world powers did not treat the Jewish people with respect, especially in the post-Holocaust era. Within the community, the leadership of the Zionists ultimately came down to the scientist and statesman Weizmann or the more seasoned politician David Ben-Gurion. The election in 1946 determined Ben-Gurion as the new political leader, and Weizmann resigned his position as president of the World Zionist Congress. He returned to the United States to resume his scientific research, but continued to stay involved in Jewish state diplomacy. Two years later, on May 14, 1948, Ben-Gurion declared the Jewish state. The first meeting of the people's provisional council took place two days later, and the members decided to elect Weizmann as the chairman of the state council. Weizmann would eventually become the first president of Israel eight months later on February 17, 1949.

    Chaim Weizmann (1874-1952) was one of the most prominent leaders of the Zionist movement, and his diplomacy efforts were the catalyst for the establishment of the Jewish state. His scientific research was also world renown, due to its use during the First World War. He discovered a new species of bacteria that could be used to produce acetone, which in turn proved to be revolutionary for the British military industry. Einstein and Weizmann met and became close friends during the 1920s, when Weizmann traveled to the U.S. during a Zionist mission in 1921. Following Weizmann's death in 1952, Einstein was offered the position of president of Israel, but he declined.

    Condition: Einstein's signature is very clear and bold. Light toning throughout, with usual mail folds. Faint soiling at the top edge and top left corner. It appears as if the number "53" was written and erased in the upper right corner. There are two holes punched along the left vertical edge. Multiple staple holes, with some small tears at the upper left corner. The corners are slightly bumped/folded.


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