The viaLibri website requires cookies to work properly. You can find more information in our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Recently found by viaLibri....

Carbon copy of a Typed Letter Signed with initials, in Hebrew, 4 separate pages, 4to, marked up later, apparently in preparation for publication which never happened. Dated 1 Mar-Cheshvan 5696; 28-10-35 [28 October 1935]
- An important and lengthy letter on Zionism to the Seventh National Conference of Torah va-Avoda in Poland stating that the conference would "succeed in strengthening the Zionist movement in Poland, strengthening the pioneering spirit among the youth and that it will accept and unify the ranks of the Hebrew workers in the land." Ben Gurion indicates he would not able to accept the invitation to participate. The Torah va'Avoda is a religious Zionist movement based on the beliefs that the combination of Torah and labor together, social justice and a productive life, are integral in a complete religious life in Judaism. Continuing from his work begun as early as 1920 with the founding of the Histadrut, Ben-Gurion expresses his views on the importance of unity throughout the world to ensure that workers from Poland and beyond immigrate to Israel, bringing skilled labor and joining the Histadrut, ensuring an independent state for the Jews. Ben-Gurion begins this letter with his apology and then says that he would like to "take this opportunity, as a comrade who has worked for years together with members of "Hapoel Hamizrachi" [the religious labor movement] in Eretz Israel, to make several comments to your conference." His comments basically state the importance of the unity of the Zionist movement worldwide to secure an independent state for Jews and to ensure that skilled labor is brought to Israel to make this happen. Among other points, he discusses "Hebrew labor." He refers to the recent Congress in Lucerne [the 19th World Zionist Congress at Lucerne where, among other decisions, David Ben-Gurion was elected to the Executive of the Jewish Agency]. He states that the Congress "accomplished the internal unity of the Zionist Organization," but suggests that it "is not yet whole." He continues in this vein saying that the Zionist leadership has been formed, but what is needed is 'the complete and faithful unity in the body and roots of the movement." He states that their goal is now to strengthen and harden "the unified strength and will of the entire movement." His continued discussion points on "Unity in Zionism" addresses the fact that there are a wide variety of nations with different cultures and traditions that need to come together to enlist "all the nations' efforts in the speedy building of our land and the redemption of our nation in the near future." He encourages their efforts. "Your members stand together with the entire community of organized labor. the Histadrut National Labor Federation - in a difficult and desperate war in which victory or Heaven forbid defeat will decide the fate of Zionism. nothing else in Zionism requires as much practical strengthening - as Hebrew labor." He promotes unity and ends offering his blessing, "Yours in faith, D.B.G." He initialed this important letter with fountain pen, in small letters, on browned, fragile typing paper, two punch holes per page at the right margin, and matching tear to upper right corner on each page. Ben Gurion writes this statement four years before Germany's invasion of Poland which began World War II and about a year after Hitler acceded to power in Germany, officially on Aug. 19, 1934. Ben-Gurion was named one of "Time" Magazine's 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Schulson Autographs]
Last Found On: 2014-11-29           Check availability:      AbeBooks    


Browse more rare books from the year 1935

      Home     Wants Manager     Library Search     562 Years   Links     Contact      Search Help      Terms of Service      Privacy     

Copyright © 2018 viaLibri™ Limited. All rights reserved.