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PRESIDENT CHAIM WEIZMANN (ISRAEL) - PICTURE POST CARD SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: LEON LEVITE - HFSID 272383

CHAIM WEIZMANN Weizmann and several others, including Polish Zionist Leon Levite, sign an unmailed postcard picturing Theodor Herzl. Picture Postcard signed: "Chaim Weizmann" in pencil, 5½x3½. No place, no date. Unmailed, but addressed in ink (unknown hand) to Madame Regina Sokolow, Warsaw.

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Condition: lightly creased, slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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CHAIM WEIZMANN
Weizmann and several others, including Polish Zionist Leon Levite, sign an unmailed postcard picturing Theodor Herzl.
Picture Postcard signed: "Chaim Weizmann" in pencil, 5½x3½. No place, no date. Unmailed, but addressed in ink (unknown hand) to Madame Regina Sokolow, Warsaw. Front of postcard has a printed text, celebrating the first and tenth Zionist Congresses, both held in Basel, Switzerland (1897, 1907) and features a reproduced photo (sepia, 2¼x3¼) of Theodor Herzl (leader of the movement until his death in 1904). The German text quotes Herzl, from the First Congress, translated: "In this Congress, we create for the Jewish People a voice that they didn't have before, but which needs urgently to receive life." On the address side are several signatures besides Weizmann's, written in a variety of languages and scripts. One of these is decipherable, "Leon Levite", a Polish Zionist leader. Chaim Weizmann (1874-1952), born in Russia, earned a Ph.D. in chemistry, lecturing at universities in Switzerland and England. Putting his chemist's talents to work for Britain in World War I, he was influential in adoption of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 promising creation of a Jewish homeland. An attendee at the Zionist Congresses starting with the second (1898), Weizmann was President of the World Zionist Organization (1920-1930, 1935-1946), Provisional President (1948-1949) and the 1st President of Israel from 1949 until his death on November 9, 1952. Prior to a compromise promoted by Weizmann, the Zionist movement had between divided between advocates of "political Zionism" (giving first priority to creation of a Jewish state) and "practical Zionism" (promoting Jewish settlement in Palestine as a necessary means to eventual statehood). Weizmann's position of "synthetic Zionism" urged that both goals be pursued at the same time. It was at the Tenth Congress that Weizmann's position became official policy. While shaping fundamental policies of the Zionist movement, and lobbying friendly government's to support a Jewish state, Weizmann also was active in fund raising and refugee relief. Slightly soiled. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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