IN 1948, JUST A SHORT 6 MONTHS AFTER THE FOUNDING OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL, EINSTEIN WRITES TO A POST-HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR STAYING IN AN AMERICAN-JEWISH DISTRIBUTION CAMP IN CYPRUS, WHILE AWAITING HIS RESETTLEMENT IN THE NEW ISRAELI STATE, AND ACKNOWLEDGES:
“WE ALL OWE THE SMALL HEROIC GROUP OF OUR BROTHERS IN ISRAEL GRATITUDE AND ADMIRATION BECAUSE THEY HAVE ACHIEVED ON THEIR OWN THAT WHICH IS THEIRS BY RIGHT”
EINSTEIN, ALBERT. (1879-1955). Theoretical physicist; Developed the general theory of relativity. Outstanding Typed Letter Signed “A. Einstein”. 1 1/4 pages, quarto. [No place], November 24, 1948. In German. To Siegfried Hessing, Polish writer and Jewish Internee in Famagusta, Cyprus. Addressed to “Camp 67 Bg c/o A.J.D.C.”, a post-Holocaust location where Jews were awaiting permission to enter the new nation of Israel.
MAX NORDAU REFLECTS ON ZIONISM: THERE IS ONE THING [THAT] RECONCILES THE LESS PLEASANT FACT OF GETTING OLDER: THAT IS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT ONE HAS NOT LIVED THE PAST YEAR SOLELY FOR ONESELF, BUT RATHER IN THE TRUE FULFILLMENT OF DUTY FOR OTHERS, FOR THE ENTIRE [JEWISH] PEOPLE .
NORDEAU, MAX. (1849-1923). Zionist leader; born Max Simon Sudfeld; early Jewish nationalist who was instrumental in establishing recognition of Palestine as a potential Jewish homeland. Scarce Typed Note Signed, ”Dr. M. Nordeau,” in German, on a 10 centime French postcard. Julloville. August 2, 1902.