Chaim Weitzman Portrait: Old Etching, Artist signed.Chaim Weitzman Portrait: Old Etching, Artist signed.

Size: 9.8 x 12 inches is the complete sheet, 4.5 x 6 inches is the actual etching.

Original etching, artist signed Bin Jani.

After several years in Pinsk, Russia in 1892, at the age of eighteen, Chaim Weitzman went to Germany to study at the Polytechnic of Darmstadt. Shortly afterwards he moved to the institute of technology in Berlin. It was there that the Zionist dream began to take on more realistic meaning, for it was just at that time that Thedore Herzl’s book “The Jewish state” was published. A visit to Moscow helped Weitzman better understand the difficult circumstances of the Jews. A frequent attendee at Zionist Congresses, he was not optimistic about Herzl’s idea of political and diplomatic efforts to establish Israel for a Jewish State at a single stroke. Instead he sided with those who called for gradual settlement in the land.

During his time at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Weitzman tool a leading part in student Zionist activities. But Weitzman could not escape his great passion - Zionism. In 1906 Weizman met with Arthur Balfour, the Prime Minister of Britain, at a meeting in which he successfully explained the attachment the Jews had for the biblical land of Israel, talks which had a tremendous effect on the Balfour declaration of 1917. Weitzman always represented the more left wing approach that was more supportive of a friendly, peaceful approach with the Arabs and was a great supporter of one country for two people, something which caused a lot of tension between other leaders such as Ben Gurion and Jabotinsky.

In 1948 Weitzman was to become the first President of Israel.


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