Hayim N. Bialik on the Jewish Persecutions in the Diaspora and the Determination to Make a Home in Zion

May 19, 1934

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Hayim N. Bialik on the Jewish Persecutions in the Diaspora and the Determination to Make a Home in Zion
Autograph Letter Signed
2 pages | SMC 782

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      An eloquent statement attesting that “the latest persecutions that have hit our People in the Diaspora like a flood have proven again clearly to the eyes of the world the justice of our national undertaking and its historical necessity.” Once again, Chaim Nachman Bialik affirms, “the hands of thousands of refugees from death and destruction knock on our doors” but now, with an iron will, a home will be made for them. Bialik thanks the brethren, “the builders of Zion in South Africa”, for their “amazing and encouraging participation in the expansion of our rebuilding.”


      Autograph Letter Signed, apparently in Hebrew, transliterated into a European alphabet, 1 page, quarto, being the text of a telegram sent from Jaffa on May 19, 1934, to the South African Zionist Federation. Attached, recto and verso, are receipts from the Palestine Posts, Telegraphs and Telephones. The text itself bears transmittal documentation and a pink slash at center.
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      Palestine Posts, Telegraphs & Telephones

      Telegram No. 10        E No. 108937
      Received the sum of 6364 Mils
      Address of telegram:  Zionfed, Johannesburg
      Round rubber stamp: Jaffa 19 May 34
      Signature of accepting officer: J. Haft  22 XI. 1934

      [translated from Hebrew transliteration] 

      To our brethren, the builders of Zion in South Africa

      The latest persecutions that have hit our People in the diaspora like a flood have proven again clearly to the eyes of the world the justice of our national undertaking and its historical necessity.  Once again, the hands of thousands of refugees from death and destruction knock on our doors.  The cry of the hour now is the opening of the gates to the Land widely and the broadening of our strength to absorb them. Our national decision to prepare our life's home in the Land will not be rescinded because of any adversary or obstacle.  With an iron will we will overcome them all.   Your amazing and encouraging participation in the expansion of our rebuilding  is renewed evidence of this desire of yours.  With blessings of revival and rebuilding

      CH.N. BIALIK

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      [Translated from Hebrew]

      [This is a bill or receipt for 6.364 pounds [6 pounds and 364 mils] sterling issued by Keren Hayessod in payment of the Bialik telegram on the first page.]