ArchiveThree important writings from the first half of the 20th century on Zionism and the founding of the state of Israel. These documents chronicle some of the earliest support for establishing a Jewish state in Palestine and the growing Zionist movement as anti-Semitism spread in Europe between World War I and II. Includes:
“The Jewish Commonwealth” by Louis J. Gribetz, a representative for the New York Zionist Organization, c. 1918. Gribetz analyzes the earliest statement in support of Zionism from a major international power: the Balfour Declaration, in which the British government issued a statement in support of a Jewish homeland. There are no copies of this document at any institutional collection worldwide as per OCLC Worldcat for this very rare publication.
A signed first edition of “The case for the Jews,: An interpretation of their rights under the Balfour declaration and the mandate for Palestine” Louis J. Girbetz. New York: Bloch Publishing Co, 1930. “The Case for the Jews” is an indictment of British rule in Palestine. This first edition was inscribed by the author to friend and fellow activist Louis Lipsky, then-President of the Zionist Organization of America: “To a keen, lucid, fearless intelect - Louis Lipsky; whose name and will do honor to a great epoch in our history and will forever thrill and instruct - Louis J. Gribetz." Books signed by Gribetz are uncommon; and this copy’s provenance is remarkable for its connection to two important leaders.
“The Jewish Problem, a Report By the Executive Committee of the League of Nations Union Together with an Appendix Containing Suggestions Concerning Refugees Generally”. London: League of Nations, 1943. This final piece examines the fate of international Jewish Refugees during World War II; the report covers Jewish persecution and anti-Semitism in Europe, a two-state solution in Palestine, general recommendations for international refugee crises, and details the “best solution” possible: creating a Jewish national home in Palestine. Minor rust to bindings of booklets. Light wear to extremities. All in good to very good condition. A remarkable collection following the earliest support for the state of Israel to the humanitarian crisis which prompted its founding amongst international support.