Zionist Commission to
I’m back on the job again after ten hot days in
My last day there I visited the pyramids, the sphinx, etc., climbing thru the insides of one of the former. It was a colossal structure – the outside is made of stone, about 2 feet square. Inside the passageways are narrow and steep. The guide, with a candle proceeded me. We started ascending the main passage. It was about 4 ft. high and three across. Small hollows have been cut in order to keep from slipping. The angle of the ascent was about this “ / ” steep. We walked for about ten minutes when we arrived at the 1st level, the Queen’s chamber. The guide said we’d rest here, that we were now ¼ way up. I was tempted to go back. But having gone so far I decided to finish. The entire trip took an hour – and my knees almost gave way before we got out. The most interesting room was the one where the old king was found. His coffin still remains. It is a fairly large room built of beautiful granite. One wall is made almost of a single piece. The construction is so ingenious that though the room is in the centre of the pyramid there are cracks leading out to all 4 sides for ventilation.
All afternoon I absorbed ice cream sodas to recover. It was one of the hottest days in
Coming back to
Yesterday noon I was called by phone from
They intend spending some time in
It is strange that neither Weitzman nor Frankfurter nor Sokolov are here. We have no word from them except that they expected to be on the spot when the Commission arrives.
A message has just come from Dr. Eder in
Enclosed circulars have just been received from the authorities for distribution.
Lots of love,
On my return from
*Van Vriesland, Dr. Siegfried:- b.Amsterdam 1886 – d.Jerusalem 1939; attorney, Zionist leader in Netherlands & Palestine where he moved in 1918 Manager of Potash Works (