Zionist Commission to
The mail has just arrived bringing my first letter from you all – and it certainly felt good to receive it, after being away for over five weeks. Don’t think that because I address this letter to you that my other letters aren’t equally for you – I just want to tell you that your name is not unknown here; in fact often when I meet people, boys in the Jewish Legion, or men attached to the Zionist Commission I’m asked whether I’m your son or brother! You ask for my first impressions –
We (Dr. F., Szold, Dr. Rubinow, Robison and I) arrived in Ludd, which is now a military depot located half way between
Soon dirty Arab huts began to grow numerous on both sides of the road and then an occasional squalid store. In the distance we beheld
Soon we turned off the main road and passed thru two portals of stone decorated with * (Star of David) and entered Tel Aviv. On either side were clean and not unaesthetic looking homes – some bungalows, some two floors. The street was clean and well kept. Altho’ Tel Aviv is built on nothing but sand – flowers and trees have been planted and flourish in abundance. An attractive little park runs thru the center of the town and several blocks further looms the dignified Tel Aviv Gymnasium, which until recently has been used as a R.C hospital.
The house where we live is at the top of a hill overlooking Tel Aviv and
Regards, please, to my friends in the office.
*Ferdinand Sonneborn:- b. Breidenbach 1875 – d.
**Siegmund Bacharach Sonneborn:- b. Breidenbach 1872 – d.Baltimore 1940; FATHER; President of Henry Sonneborn & Co., manufacturers of men’s “Stylplus” clothing (jacket, vest, 2pr.pants for $17.50)