||Handwritten letter by Rabbi Isak Unna (1872 – 1948), rabbi of the Neo-Orthodox community of Mannheim, written on January 18, 1910 to a (not named) colleague who was probably located in Basel.
In this letter Rabbi Unna asks a colleague (located in Basel?) for his help to find work for the 2 oldest daughters of Golomb, an impoverished Jewish merchant with a large family. They were not able to find work for them in Jewish stores in Mannheim or in Frankfurt (where difficult police restrictions seems to have been in place), as well as finding places which observe the Shabbat. Since he had heard that there are stores in Basel “who close on Saturdays” he was wondering if it would be possible to do a mitzvah and find work for the 2 girls who attended a business school (Handelsschule) and are well-versed in stenography, typing, and accounting.
Isak Unna was born in Wuerzburg, studied philology at the universities in Wuerzburg and Berlin, and attended the Orthodox Hildesheimer Seminary in Berlin. He became one of the Rabbis of the Klaus-Synagoge in Mannheim. He was one of the founders of the Achduth Organization, an organization of Neo-Orthodox Jews in Germany. In 1935 he followed his older children and emigrated with his wife and younger children to Palestine. He died shortly after the proclamation of the State of Israel.