New York: Macmillan, 1931. Item #42148
1st American Edition. Original Cloth. 12mo. 94 pages. 22 cm. “This volume is composed of translations of extracts from speeches and letters delivered and written by Professor Einstein during the last nine or ten years. " Translated and edited with an introduction by Leon Simon. Three essays by the great physicist Albert Einstein on Zionism: 'Assimilation and Nationalism', 'The Jews and Palestine', 'Jew and Arab'. “Einstein was a Jew not only by birth but also by belief and action. He took an active part in Jewish affairs, wrote extensively, and attended many functions in order to raise money for Jewish causes. He was first introduced to Zionism during his stay in Prague, where Jewish intellectuals gathered in each other's homes talking about their dream of a Jewish Homeland. He and Weizmann had become acquainted, and, despite different outlooks – Weizmann regarded Einstein as an unpractical idealist and Einstein in turn thought Weizmann was too much of a 'Realpolitiker' – remained allies and friends. In 1921 Weizmann asked Einstein to join him on a fundraising tour of America to buy land in Palestine and seek aid for the Hebrew University. Einstein readily agreed, since his interest in the University had been growing. The tour was highly successful. He visited Palestine and was greatly impressed by what he saw. Einstein appeared before the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine in 1946 and entered a strong plea for a Jewish Homeland. When the State of Israel was established he hailed the event as the fulfillment of an ancient dream, providing conditions in which the spiritual and cultural life of a Hebrew society could find free expression. After Weizmann's death he was asked by Ben-Gurion to stand as a candidate for the presidency of the State of Israel, which he declined 'being deeply touched by the offer but not suited for the position. ' When he went to the hospital for the illness which proved to be his last he took with him the notes he had made for the television address he was to give on Israel's seventh Independence Day. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Jews - Restoration. Zionism. Spine label removed. Jewish Ex-library with usual markings to blank end papers, no marks to title page or text pages. Still nice. Good Condition (ZION-5-4).