American Zionist Medical Unit for
Yesterday eve I was down here at the nurse’s house for supper. One of them came in with an armful of American mail for the crowd, so directly after supper I returned home and found mine- the earliest was dated Feb. 20 and the latest was Mar. 4. We understand now that all Public Service is stopped in
I was glad to hear from you, Father and Mother, that the
The local people for the most part are not worth considering – they fall into two classes 1) those who are rich and making money by petty commercial exploitations due to war conditions or are just rich misers and 2) those who are educated for generations to be the subjects of charity for the various funds collected from the Jews from all parts of the world. There are many exceptions of course – but the majority – well, I regret that they are Jews. I may have expressed this too emphatically – because there is another class I have neglected – because I don’t know them – the new generation of colonists, farmers, planters. They, I am assured by the President of the Anglo-Palestine Co., are of an entirely different calibre. They are thrifty, self-supporting, simple living country folk. They work in little groups which as a unit periodically borrows a small sum from the bank and repays it promptly. Here we have the beginnings of a healthy nation. I’ve wanted to get among them for some time to see things for myself but with the present job on my hands its going to be hard-
You see as secretary of the Commission I must be acquainted with everything – every question, with the exception of finances, is investigated by me and acted on. If it is sufficiently important I submit my action or answer for the approval of the Executive Committee composed of Dr. F., Szold, Com. Bianchini, & Mr. Lewin-Epstein. Our office runs from 9 A.M. to 6.30. P.M. with several hours off for lunch. Until two days ago Mr. L-Epstein was sick – at present he’s doing very little. Dr. Friedenwald is in
Dr. Friedenwald is proving to be a remarkable man. Several months longer under the former regime and the Z.C would have ceased to exist for all practical purposes -. It was rapidly becoming a huge farce. It was the butt of all local complaints, it was the dumping ground for all trivial troubles, it accepted so many petty duties that it never had time for the serious problems – which when we took control had almost stranded it. Dr F. is locally popular due to his personality, his orthodox religion, and his clean appearance (Dr.
It’s very likely that we will have to move to
What would you think of my going to
I will order what you want at Bezallel Mother – tho there are no rugs or tapestries of any description being made now – for lack of dyes.
Shortly I’m hoping to get up into Galilee and possibly to
It is reassuring, Father, to know that our country is in such healthy condition. I only hope that this hemisphere recovers – things are in bad shape here on this side of the ocean.
Glad to hear that you are having such a good time at your parties Kitty. How’s your dancing getting along?
Remember how I took with me a stock of tobacco, cigars etc? believing that they’d be the last good ones I’d smoke for six months? Here at the British canteen Caronas may be had by the 100 – at 50% less than in
I’m most grateful to HS & Co. for the gabardine – for a time I had trouble dressing for the warm days and cool nights –now I wear the gabardine and an overcoat at night.
I’m sitting next to the window smelling the orange blossoms – once used to this exquisite perfume – living in the city again is bound to be hardship.
Lots of love and kisses,
P.S. On rereading my letter I find I haven’t made myself sufficiently clear in the matter of employment etc.
There is no one here at present who has the commercial and industrial development of
There is no one here with sufficient practical experience to erect even one industry along modern lines with up to date equipment etc.
We need private capital in the hands of experienced men capable of creating products saleable at real markets. If something isn’t done and done quickly
Let me add that the dream of our idealists – to keep
Allenby, General Sir Edmund:-W.W.1 Commander of the British Expeditionary Force; Defeated Turks in southern