Lot 189: TLS signed "A. Einstein," one page, 7 x 9.25, personal embossed letterhead, June 10, 1939. Letter to Mr. I. Newburger at Robert Woolen Co., in full: "May I offer my sincere congratulations to you on the splendid work you have undertaken on behalf of the refugees during Dedication Week. The power of resistance which has enabled the Jewish people to survive for thousands of years has been based to a large extent on traditions of mutual helpfulness. In these years of affliction our readiness to help one another is being put to an especially severe test. May we stand this test as well as did our fathers before us. We have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity and our knowledge that the cause for which we are suffering is a momentous and sacred cause. It must be a source of deep gratification to you to be making so important a contribution toward rescuing our persecuted fellow-Jews from their calamitous peril and leading them toward a better future." Handsomely double-matted and framed with a large satin-finish photo of Einstein to an overall size of 26.5 x 19.75, with collector's ink notations below the photo. In fine condition, with text and signature a shade light. Just two weeks before sending this letter, Einstein gave the official dedication speech for the Jewish Palestine Pavilion at the New York World's Fair to a crowd of 100,000 visitors. Encouraging his audience to 'fight with all [their] might in defense of what has been achieved,' he found many supporters, the recipient of this letter seemingly among them. Dedicated to supporting and protecting Jews worldwide—whether it be in the struggle for a Jewish state in Palestine, or in the struggle to escape Nazi Germany—Einstein was one of the most influential voices in the Jewish community. A fantastic letter promoting the solidarity and strength that made him one of history's greatest humanitarians.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466
Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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