Lot 244
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Einstein, Albert

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  • Typed letter signed ("A. Einstein") to Mr. Shepard Rifkin, Executive Director, American Friends of the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel, New York, 10 April, 1948 
  • paper, ink
1 page (8 1/2 x 11 in.) signed "A. Einstein", in English, on personal stationary blind-stamped with Einstein's home address on Mercer Street, Princeton, N.J. Creases where previously folded, edges toned and with some small chips, some remnants of cello tape and resulting stains to verso, small repaired closed tear. With typed and annotated letter from Rifkin dated 4 March 2006, explaining the circumstances of the letter. 


Sotheby's, lot 159, 21 June 2007


'Einstein Archives Online', 92-587

Catalogue Note

Einstein condemns the Lohamei Herut Yisrael (Fighters for the Freedom of Israel).He writes, in full:

"Dear Sir,

"When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British and the second responsible for it the Terrorist organizations build [sic] up from our own ranks. I am not willing to see anybody associated with those misled and criminal people.

"Sincerely yours, Albert Einstein."

According to the accompanying letter, the "American Friends of the Fighters for the Freedom of Israel" was formed for the purpose of promoting the anti-British ideas of the Stern Gang, and raising money in America to buy weapons to drive the British out of Palestine. Rifkin was appointed "executive director" or in Rifkin's words "what we call in American — the fall guy." He was asked by Benjamin Gepner, a commander visiting the United States, to ask Einstein for his help. This Rifkin did against his better judgement and the above letter is Einstein's response.