President Lyndon Johnson Salutes Sir Winston Churchill's Commitment to Zionism

December 11, 1964

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President Lyndon Johnson Salutes Sir Winston Churchill's Commitment to Zionism
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      President Johnson joins the Zionist Organization of America in saluting Sir Winston Churchill, and quotes President Kennedy’s remarks, made when he proclaimed Sir Winston a United States citizen: “We mean to honor him - but his acceptance honors us far more. For no statement or proclamation can enrich his name now - the name, Sir Winston Churchill, is already legend.”

      Johnson adds that the Theodor Herzl Award recognizes the contributions made by Churchill in connection with the establishment of the State of Israel, and calls upon all to rededicate themselves “to the ideals of justice, service to humanity and freedom from tyranny that form the basis for the award.”


      Typed Letter Signed, as president, 1 page, quarto, The White House, Washington, D.C. December 11, 1964. To Dr. Max Nussbaum, President, Zionist Organization of America.

      Accompanied by the elaborate printed Invitation to the Zionist Organization Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Theodor Herzl Award to Sir Winston Churchill (the Hon. Randolph Churchill, accepting) in tribute to Sir Winston’s historic accomplishments as an architect of the Jewish State; December 16, 1964, at the Statler Hilton Hotel in New York City.
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      THE WHITE HOUSE
      WASHINGTON

      December 11, 1964

      Dear Mr. Nussbaum:

      I should like to join the Zionist Organization of America and those attending the dinner in paying tribute to Sir Winston Churchill. He long ago won a secure place in the affections of all his fellow countrymen in the English speaking world.
       
      We are proud of each new honor conferred upon him. But, as President Kennedy said when he proclaimed Sir Winston a United States citizen, “We mean to honor him -- but his acceptance honors us far more.  For no statement or proclamation can enrich his name now -- the name, Sir Winston Churchill, is already legend.”
       
      The Theodor Herzl Award, which Randolph Churchill will receive in behalf of Sir Winston, recognizes the contributions made by him in connection with the establishment of the State of Israel and in encouraging its development. On an occasion such as this, it is appropriate that all of us rededicate ourselves to the ideals of justice, service to humanity and freedom from tyranny that form the basis for the award. Neither party lines nor national boundaries can or should limit our concern for these ideals.
       
      Please extend my best wishes, also, to Randolph Churchill, a distinguished son of a distinguished father.
       
      Sincerely,
       
      Lyndon B. Johnson
       
      Dr. Max Nussbaum
      President
      Zionist Organization of America
      145 East 32nd Street
      New York 16, New York

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      Your presence is requested at the
      Presentation Ceremonies of the

      Theodor Herzl Award - Gold Medallion
      to The Right Honorable

      Sir Winston Churchill

      in tribute to his historic accomplishments as an architect
      of the Jewish State and protagonist of Zionism
      at the
      Annual Dinner
      of the 
      Zionist Organization of America
      Wednesday, December 16th, 1964, 6:00pm
      Grand Ballroom, Statler Hilton Hotel
      7th Ave. and 33rd St., New York City

      Guest of Honor:
      Hon. Randolph Churchill
      who will accept the award in behalf of his father

      Couvert: $100. per person

      R.S.V.P.
      Black Tie suggested

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