“…THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK OF ORGANISING, AND RE-DIRECTING,
THE STUDENT REFUGEES FROM GERMANY.”
WEIZMANN, CHAIM (1874-1952). First President of Israel. Uncommon Typed Letter Signed “Ch Weizmann”, on blue stationary. One full page, quarto. “Sixteen Addison Crescent, London. October 4, 1933”. Very fine condition. To LOUIS LIPSKY, of the Zionist Organization of America. Weizmann writes to introduce James Parkes who is in America doing the valuable work with the International Student Service in resettling German Jewish refugees, as Hitler had began his brutal Nazi campaign of eliminating the Jewish population of Europe. Weizmann writes:
“My dear Lipsky, This is to introduce to you the bearer of this – letter, Mr. James Parkes, who is spending some weeks in America on behalf of the International Student Service. The I.S.S., as I expect you know, has under taken the most important work of organizing, and re-directing, the student refugees from Germany; we are co-operating with them so far: as we can, and I would like to ask you to do everything in your power to be of assistance to Mr. Parkes during his stay in the United States. His work is of the most vital importance. With kindest regards and all good wishes, I am Very sincerely yours, Ch Weizmann.”
With Hitler’s rise to power, and now in his position of German Chancellor, it brought in its wake substantial Jewish emigration from Germany. The I.S.S. played a crucial part in placing the Jewish students who wished to flee the severe anti-Semitic legislation. James Parkes was a social activist and clergyman who not only spoke up against Hitler but his apartment in Geneva served as a temporary refuge and way-station on an underground railroad that spirited Jewish refugees out of Germany.