AUCTION 15 | Tuesday, March 12th, 2002 at 1:00
Fine Hebrew Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 235


Collection of 364 Typed Letters Signed to President Franklin D. Roosevelt by Orthodox Rabbis throughout the United States. Imploring the President to provide refuge to persecuted Jews. *With original letter from the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations for the Rescue of the Jews of Europe, appealing to all American Rabbis to take part in this Presidential lobbying exercise. April 15, 1943 Housed in two modern binders

v.p: 1943

Est: $5,000 - $7,000
Also known as the Vaad Hatzalah, the Council sponsored numerous public efforts in seeking to rescue European Jewry. The vast range of American communities represented by these letters to President Roosevelt are indicative of the overwhelming attempts in tackling the grave situation. See D. Kranzler, Thy Brother's Blood, The Orthodox Jewish Response during the Holocaust (1987) pp.3-4,31; H. Lookstein, Were We Our Brothers' Keepers? (1985) p.201