Chaim Weizmann

Zionist leader and Israeli statesman, 1874-1952

Chaim Azriel Weizmann was a Zionist leader and Israeli statesman who served as president of the Zionist Organization and later as the first president of Israel. He was elected on 16 February 1949, and served until his death in 1952. It was Weizmann who convinced the United States government to recognize the newly formed state of Israel. Weizmann was also a noted biochemist, considered to be the 'father' of industrial Fermentation. His acetone production method was of great importance in the manufacture of cordite explosive propellants for the British war industry during World War I.

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Weizmann, Chaim

erster israelischer Staatspräsident (1874-1952). Typed letter signed Briefkopf ChWeizmann with addional note. Genf. 10.07.1903. 1 S. 4to.
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The Exceptional typed letter signed ist written to “Friend Mossinson” – presumably, the well- known Zionist Ben Zion Mossinson, who later became principal of the Hebrew College in Tel Aviv. Weizmann writes in part: „[...] The circular [most certainly Der Jude, the principal mouthpiece for the Jewish university cause] has my complete approval, but I would like to insert the following sentences for the sake of clarity. “We envision the realization of the project as follows: The Jewish Department, connected with the common-knowledge one, we seek to realize only in Palestine [...] the realization of the Technical Department in Palestine seems to be connected with great dif culty [...] Should the absolute impossibility arise to found such department in Palestine, we then will seek its tentative formation abroad.While we’re always lead by the principle, in Golus to create the school in a way that makes it moveable, the foundation can only be laid in Palestine [...]“ Despite news of the recent pogrom in Russia, young Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann struggles to release a circular advocating the establishment of a Jewish university in Palestine.

He devoted nearly every spare minute to the project, which was most dear to his heart. Immersed in the culture of academia, Weizmann also preceived an immediate necessity for such an institution of Jewish scholarship, given the increasing discriminiation against Jewish students in Russia and elsewhere. But perhaps most importantly, the university project gave some common ground to Weizmann and Theodor Herzl, who for a number of years had been at odds over the general direction of the Zionist movement. Tragically by 1903 interest in the university project began to wane as news of renewed progroms in Russia reache the alarmed ears of Weizmann and his associates in Geneva. Carried out a Kishinev, it was followed by an unusually vitriolic, anti-Semitic press campaign along with a stiffening of anti-Jewish policies on the part of the Tsarist authorities. Though the university campaign was shelved for nearly ten years, the idea had been sparked. The fruits of Weizmann’s labor would later be born in the establishment of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the Weizmann Institute for Science in Rehovot. Early letters from Weizmann are scarce; this one especially, with the content regarding Palestine..

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Weizmann, Chaim

erster israelischer Staatspräsident (1874–1952). TLS. New York. 1 S. 4to.
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To David Ben Gurion: „You were informed of the meeting which was called of the members of the Executive of the World Zionist Organisation resident or sojourning in the United States, scheduled to be held at the St. Regis Hotel on July 24, 1942, Room 703 at 3:30 P. M. The meeting was held as scheduled and we regret that it was not possible for you to attend [...]“. – Also signed by Louis Lipatz [?]; („Another meeting will be called shortly after Dr. Weizmann’s return from Washington [...]“). – On letterhead of the Hotel St. Regis, New York.

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Weizmann, Chaim

erster israelischer Staatspräsident (1874-1952). Photograph signed in Hebrew on mat below. O. O. u. D. 174:232 mm auf etwas größerem Trägerkarton.
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Additionally signed by his wife Vera and inscribed to Yigat Kimchi, showing Chaim and Vera Weizmann at a degree ceremony. - Mat slightly spotted and creased.

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Weizmann, Chaim

Eigenh. Postkarte mit U. („Dr. ChWeizmann“).
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Letter in French language to Mademoiselle Van Gelder in London: “… Imaginez vous que j’ai attende jusqu’ aujourd’hui l’arrivée du paquet et il n’est pas la ! J’espère que l’adresse etait bien écrite.Je vous enverras ces jours des jolies cartes. Avec beaucoup de salutations pour vous, les votres et le Dr. Rappoport, à qui j’ecris une très grande lettre …“


Weizmann, Chaim

Brief m. e. U.
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Chaim Weizmann (1874–1952), erster israelischer Staatspräsident. Ms. Brief mit e. U. New York, 17. Juni 1942. ½ Seite 8°. – An David Ben Gurion: „I received your note yesterday. In writing you before I had in mind not only your action here, but also in London. Today I am leaving for a trip in the Middle West and I do not think that any useful purpose will be served by continuing the correspondence further [...]“. – Auf Briefpapier mit gedr. Briefkopf des Hotel St. Regis, New York.