Winner's Auctions No. 110

Eretz Israel and Zionism, Postcards and Photographs, Posters, Maps, Judaica, Holy books, Manuscripts, Manuscripts, Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

November 7, 2018
Opening $1,000
Estimate $2,000 - $4,000
Sold for $5,612
Including buyer's premium

Letter from Professor Albert Einstein to Professor Orstein, with a request to assist Dr. Lehman forge connections with Jews in Holland. 16.10.1926.

Specifications: Albert Einstein's calling card, 6x10 cm. 13 handwritten lines on the back of the card, with his signature. German.

Content: Einstein requests that his colleague, Dr. Orstein, help the bearer of the card, Dr. Lehman, who is fundraising for the purpose of finding homes for Jewish children from Eastern Europe in Palestine (the Land of Israel). The necessary assistance is to establish contacts with Zionists and other Jewish circles in Holland.

Dr. Siegfried Lehman (1892-1958) - educator, founder and principal of the Ben Shemen youth village. During WWI, he served as a doctor in the German army. He was a leader of a group of idealistic Zionist youths at the community center in Berlin, where refugees from Central Europe gathered. While in Berlin, he met with Prof. Einstein and his wife, and they remained close friends. He opened an orphanage for Jewish war orphans in Kovno in 1919. He ascended to mandatory Palestine in approximately 1926 with 11 of his charges, and there he established an agricultural youth village in Ben Shemen and was the first principal of the village. Einstein helped with the fundraising for the establishment of the youth village and remained in contact through correspondence with Dr. Lehman and the village children for many years. In 1957, Lehman won the Israel prize for his educational project. He passed away in 1958 and was interred in the Ben Shemen youth village.

Condition: Fine, fold mark, few tiny stains.

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