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Lot #    18798
Auction End Date    8/21/2007 12:15:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Le-Nasia haRishon shel Medinat Yisrael
Title (Hebrew)    לנשיאה הראשון של מדינת ישראל
Author    [Zionism] Keren Kayemeth Leisrael
City    Europe
Publication Date    1949
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Three single sheets, illus., 223:298 mm., light age staining, signed in ink.
Paragraph 1    A certificate issued by the Jewish National Fund in honor of the 75th birthday of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel. His birthday was on the 18th of Kislev, 5710 (December 9, 1949) . Contributors were able to make a donation to JNF and send the greeting to the President, signed. The certificates were available in Hebrew/German, in German alone, and in Hebrew alone. An example of each in available in this lot.
   Chaim Weizmann was born in Motol, Russia in 1874. He received his education in biochemistry in Switzerland and Germany. Already in Geneva, he became active in the Zionist movement. In 1905 he moved to England, and was elected to the General Zionist Council.

Weizmann's scientific assistance to the Allied forces in World War I brought him into close contact with British leaders, enabling him to play a key role in the issuing of the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 1917 ­­ in which Britain committed itself to the establishment of a Jewish home in Palestine.

In 1918, Weizmann was appointed head of the Zionist Commission sent to Palestine by the British government to advise on the future development of the country. There, he laid the foundation stone of the Hebrew University. That same year Weizmann met in Aqaba with Emir Feisal, son of Sherif Hussein of Mecca, the leader of the Arab movement, to discuss prospects of reaching an understanding on the establishment of independent Arab and Jewish states.

Shortly after, Weizmann led the Zionist delegation to the Peace Conference at Versailles, and in 1920 became the president of the World Zionist Organization (WZO). He headed the Jewish Agency which was established in 1929.

In the 1930's, Weizmann laid the foundations of the Daniel Sieff Research Institute in Rehovot, later to become the Weizmann Institute, a driving force behind Israel's scientific research. In 1937, he made his home in Rehovot.

Chaim Weizmann again served as President of the WZO from 1935-1946. During the years that led up to World War II, he invested much effort in establishing the Jewish Brigade. He also tried, unsuccessfully, to prevent the issuing in 1939 of the White Paper, which in effect halted Jewish immigration to Palestine.

After the end of World War II, Weizmann was instrumental in the adoption of the Partition Plan by the United Nations on November 29, 1947, and in the recognition of Israel by the United States. With the declaration of the State of Israel, Weizmann was chosen to serve as the first President of Israel. This role he filled until his death in 1952.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
History:    Checked
Other:    Zionism
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew - German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica