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    David Ben-Gurion Writes to Famed Nazi Hunter Tuvia Friedman About Hitler and East Germany

    David Ben-Gurion Autograph Letter Signed "D. Ben-Gurion". One page, 4.75" x 8", written in Hebrew, lined paper, Tel Aviv, Jul 24, 1963, to Tuvia Friedman. Just weeks after he stepped down as prime minister in 1963, Ben-Gurion writes, in full, "If you think that the Germany of Adenauer is no different from that of Hitler, i.e. that it strives to destroy all the Jewish People and put millions of Jews into the gas chambers and crematoria - you are free to do so, and I can not argue with you. You appear not to consider East Germany a continuation of Hitler - notwithstanding their refusal to return some of the loot their people robbed during the time of Hitler, and perhaps there never was a single Nazi in East Germany! I can not argue with you about Pinhas Lavon. You are entitled to respect and admire him. I am entitled to see him though my own eyes. How do you think I can approach Adenauer on any subject whatever - if his is not "A Different Germany" but the same as Nazi Germany? Yours sincerely..." David Ben-Gurion played an instrumental role in the founding of the state of Israel and was its first prime minister. Tuvia Friedman was a renowned Nazi hunter and the founder of the Haifa Institute of Holocaust Documentation. Pinhas Lavon was an Israeli politician and minister who had a long-running discord with Ben-Gurion. The letter is double matted with a photo to an overall 16" x 14" and is in very fine condition save for paperclip marks at top and an original lower right corner tear, affecting no text, full translation included. Interesting content.

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