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Up for auction: Ben-Gurion signed letter to friend sent day after Israel’s creation

“Our heart is joyful at the sight of such great progress,” the Jewish state’s founding father wrote in Hebrew on May 15, 1948.

Israeli founding father and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion declares independence beneath a portrait of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, at the Tel Aviv Museum (today, Independence Hall) on May 14, 1948. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Israeli founding father and first prime minister David Ben-Gurion declares independence beneath a portrait of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, at the Tel Aviv Museum (today, Independence Hall) on May 14, 1948. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions has offered a postcard sent by Israel’s founding father and first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion on May 15, 1948.

Bidding will conclude on June 27 for the correspondence listed at a minimum price of $60,000.

In the postcard sent to his childhood friend Shlomo Lavi, Ben-Gurion wrote that “though the roar of artillery has yet to be silenced, and our sons fight on the front, our heart is joyful at the sight of such great progress.”

He concludes by stating that “the Jewish people have attained the epitome, the very essence of their existence; the State of Israel is born.”

The postcard written with a fountain pen includes Ben-Gurion’s signature. The auction house states that “minor discoloration and a single hole punch attest to its authenticity.”

In July 2023, David Schuman, an A4BGU Zin leadership fellow, revealed a 1965 Ben-Gurion letter sent to his grandmother that he had received as a wedding gift.

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