Lot 136: Collection of Letters from Zionist Leaders and Activists
November 15, 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Sixteen autograph letters from Zionist philosophers, leaders and activists, including a letter from one of the forerunner of Zionism, Moses Hess, and letters from some of the first members the Zionist Movement (among them Alfred Nossig, Alfred Klee, Berthold Feiwel, Otto Warburg, and many others). Some letters are addressed to Dr. Theodor Zlocisti, Jewish-German physician, author, translator and one of the first Zionists. 1. Autograph letter from Moses (Moshe) Hess, addressed to his brother. Paris, 1847. German. 2. Autograph letter from Aryeh Leib Yaffe. Heidelberg, 1899. German. 3. Autograph letter from Dr. Max Isidor (Yitzchak) Bodenheimer, addressed to Dr. Theodor Zlocisti. Cologne, 1900. German. 4. A letter signed by Yona (Johann) Kremenezky. Vienna, 1904.German. 5. A three-page autograph letter from Otto Warburg, about "Bezalel" art academy and Eretz Israel. Berlin, August 30, 1905. German. Warburg expresses in this letter his opposition to presenting to the emperor the idea of "Bezalel" and asking the emperor to be the "patron" of "Bezalel" [decision about the foundation of "Bezalel" was taken in the seventh Zionist congress in 1905. "Bezalel" was opened in Jerusalem in February 1906]. Further in the letter Warburg refers to the shortage of doctors and nurses in Eretz Israel. 6. Autograph letter from Friedrich Samuel Beer, a Jewish-Austrian sculptor, friend of Theodor Herzl and of the first Zionist congress participants. Florence, 1905.German. In the letter, addressed probably to Dr. Theodor Zlocisti, Beer refers to an article which Zlocisti wrote about him and his works in "Ost und West". 7. Autograph letter from Alfred Nossig, about convening a protest-meeting regarding the pogroms against Russian Jews. Berlin, 1905. 8. Autograph letter from Alfred Klee, addressed to Dr. Theodor Zlocisti. Berlin, 1906. German. 9. Autograph letter from Max Emanuel Mandelstamm, concerning planting an olive orchard in Eretz Israel. Vienna, 1907. 10. Autograph letter from Baruch Berthold Feiwel, addressed to Dr. Theodor Zlocisti. Berlin, 1909. German. 11. Autograph letter from Nahum Sokolow, in which he expresses his wish to come to Eretz Israel. Constantinople, 5670 . 12. Autograph letter from Ahad Ha'am (Asher Ginzberg) addressed to the author Mordechai Ben-Ami. London, 5669 . Hebrew. 13. Autograph letter from Leo Motzkin. Berlin, 1911. German. 14. Autograph letter from David Wolfson, addressed to Dr. Zlocisti. Cologne, 1913. German. 15. Autograph letter from Nathan Birnbaum concerning a Hebrew translation of his book Gottes Volk ("People of God"). Berlin, 1921. German. 16. Autograph letter from Arthur Menachem Hantke. Hahnenklee (Germany). 1925. German. Some letters are written on official stationery. Total of 16 documents. Size and condition vary. Ink stamps.