PRIME MINISTER DAVID BEN-GURION (ISRAEL) - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 80729
Sale Price $680.00
His signed, handwritten letter in English, a warmly personal one sending greetings from his wife. Very rare!
Autograph letter signed: "D. Ben-Gurion" in English, 1 page, 5x8¼. Haifa, no date. To Mrs. Silverman, Providence, R.I. In full: "I wish [you] to live as long, at least, as our mother Sara, and continue your blessed work for many, many years to come. Sincerest greeting from Paula and myself." In the Hebrew bible, Sara, wife of Abraham, died at the age of 127. David Ben-Gurion(1886-1973),who became known as "The Father of Israel", became captivated with Zionism during his youth in Poland. Born David Gruen, he adopted the ancient Hebrew name Ben-Gurion in 1906 at age 20, when he immigrated to Palestine. Ben-Gurion, who proclaimed Israel's independence on May 14, 1948, was its first leader as Chairman of the Provisional State Council (May 14-May 17, 1948). On May 17, he became Israel's first Prime Minister (1948-1953) and Chaim Weizmann became President. Ben-Gurion devoted his life to establishing a Jewish nation, and encouraged the return of Jewish people from throughout the world. After serving again as Prime Minister from 1955-1963, Ben-Gurion devoted himself to writing. He published Israel: The Years of Challenge (1963) and The Jews in Their Land (1966). "Time" magazine called him "part Washington, part Moses...the architect of a new nation". 5 pinhead-size holes, not touching writing. Nicked at right margin. Overall, fine condition.
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