SOLD AT AUCTION
HAND SIGNED PARCHMENT
In 1948, David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, wrote a heartfelt letter to Chaya and Joshua Bankir, the parents of Shlomo Bankir, a fallen soldier in the War of Independence. Born in Poland in 1911, Shlomo moved to Belgium after high school to learn the craft of diamond polishing. There, he made the decision to leave for Eretz Yisrael with Hashomer Hatzair (“The Youth Guard”), a Socialist-Zionist, secular Jewish youth movement supporting Jewish immigration to Mandatory Palestine. Arriving in 1935, Shlomo moved to Kibbutz Mizra in the Jezreel Valley and joined the Haganah (the primary paramilitary organization of the Jewish population). Eventually settling in Netanya with his wife, Shlomo was among the first men to enlist in the Alexandroni Brigade as the War of Independence began to unfold.
On August 15, 1948, while touring the battlefield between Kfar Yona and Kakon, his car struck a mine. Two days later Shlomo succumbed to his wounds and was laid to rest in the Netanya military cemetery. The War of Independence was Israel's bloodiest to date, resulting in the death of one percent of the entire population, all of whom fought courageously against six attacking armies encroaching upon the entire border of the newly declared State of Israel. The sacrifices made by Shlomo Bankir, and his peers, were critical in the establishment of the modern Jewish nation, and the security of the Jewish people henceforth.
Israel, Handwritten on parchment (13.5x17cm); Hebrew text; Good Condition
STATE OF ISRAEL
Nothing compares to the pride one feels when watching the star and stripes of Israel’s blue and white flag fluttering in the breeze. More than a state, Israel is a people, a faith, and a light unto the nations. And in less than a century, Israel’s flag has become an iconic representation of the painful past, prodigious present, and fantastic future of the Jewish people - at home and abroad.
This hand-crafted flag, sewn during the earliest days of the founding of the state, pays homage to the sacrifices of Israel’s foundation generation in securing the miracle of modern statehood for generations to come. And it reminds us all that the Jewish people - wherever they may be - are united by the idea, and ideals, for which Israel so staunchly stands.
Israel; Linen (78x105cm); Good Condition
PETITION FROM THE
CHILDREN OF ISRAEL
JUNE 15, 1943
While their brothers and sisters sheltered from endless Nazi air bombardments on Allied European nations, fought from the partisan-packed forests of the front lines in the East, or worked as child slaves in the death camps across Poland, the school children of Jerusalem were worried; they wanted to help. And so they issued, and signed, the following public declaration during the summer of 1943, at the height of World War II:
"We, the children of the Land of Israel, living a free and quiet life in our Land, listen with heartfelt anxiety to what is being done every day, every hour, to our brothers and sisters in exile. Every morning, while we go satiated and bathed, to our schools and to our workshops, we are accompanied by the shadows of the thousands and tens of thousands of our people's children led to slaughter - for what? Why?
“And in the still of the night, while we lie in bed, the cries and screams of masses of murdered and slaughtered children break through seas and countries - Until when? For what? And why the slaughter of small children who have not sinned and done no evil?”
Israel; Printed and handwritten on paper (15x31cm); Hebrew text; Good Condition