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Signed Letter from Israel's First Prime Minister DAVID BEN-GURION to Israeli Sculptor BATIA LISHANSKY
1954 - BEN-GURION, DAVID. (1886-1973). Polish-born, Israeli statesman and Israel's first prime minister, who proclaimed its independence in 1948. TLS. ("D. Ben Gurion"). 1p. Large 8vo. Kibbutz Sde-Boker, September 6, 1954. To Ukrainian-born, Israeli sculptress BATIA LISHANSKY (1901-1992). In Hebrew with translation. "It is with deep feelings and happiness that I received your sculpture. Paula, my wife, has become one of your strongest admirers, and we both agree that you are multi-talented and blessed. This piece of work shows victory over the raw material, by infusing it with a life that gives the work substance. I have no doubt at all that we will all continue to see your work a long time, and that its value will remain for all time." An early supporter of Zionism, Ben-Gurion moved to Palestine in 1906 to take up the life of a farmer. After his expulsion by the Turkish government at the outbreak of World War I, he rallied the support of Britain and the U.S., and called for increased Jewish immigration to Palestine. His decades of ongoing Zionist activities led to a strengthening of the Jewish community in Palestine, and, on May 14, 1948, Ben-Gurion proclaimed the birth of the State of Israel. As prime minister and minister of defense, he created the Israeli army, often using military force to thwart Arab violence. In 1963, he retired from politics and years later moved to the Negev kibbutz of Sde-Boker. Lishansky immigrated to Israel with her family in 1910. Her art studies in Israel, Rome and Paris, led her to create an artistic record of the Zionist struggle in stone, wood and bronze. In works such as Ha'apalah, Work and Defense, Holocaust and Rebirth, and Ukraine Massacres she portrayed Jews fleeing Europe prior to World War II, Zionist settlers, the holocaust, and anti-Jewish pogroms. Additionally, she executed many busts of such notable Israelis as Chaim Herzog, Golda Meir, Menachem Begin, and David Ben-Gurion. Lishansky received Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Prize for Painting and Sculpture in 1944 and 1957, and, in 1986, was awarded the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Sculpture. Normal folding, with two file holes in the right margin, not affecting the text. Boldly signed in deep blue ink, and in fine condition. * All our items are sent via Federal Express. Additional postage may be requested.
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