ZIONIST FLAG, 1942. Welcome Zionists. English-language flag used at an international Zionist meeting at the Biltmore Hotel in New York City, May 6-11, 1942.
Lot 27
ZIONIST FLAG, 1942.
Welcome Zionists. English-language flag used at an international Zionist meeting at the Biltmore Hotel in New York City, May 6-11, 1942.
Sold for US$ 3,125 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
ZIONIST FLAG, 1942.
Welcome Zionists. English-language flag used at an international Zionist meeting at the Biltmore Hotel in New York City, May 6-11, 1942.
Blue silk-screened lettering on white cotton, 35 1/2 x 36 inches, some rubbing of letters and frayed along edges.
Provenance: purchased by a previous owner directly from a conference attendee, most likely Dr. Emanuel Neumann (1893-1980).

RARE ZIONIST FLAG FROM WORLD WAR II. Held in New York City at the Biltmore Hotel from May 6 to May 11, 1942, the Biltmore Conference (also called the Extraordinary Zionist Conference) was a major event in modern Jewish history. Because the Zionist Congress could not be held that year due to the war, the New York meeting drew 586 delegates and Zionist leaders from 18 countries. Its political platform differed crucially from earlier Zionist policy in its demand for the creation of a Jewish Commonwealth in Palestine. Offering "a message of hope and encouragement to their fellow Jews in the Ghettos and concentration camps of Hitler-dominated Europe" and prayers that "their hour of liberation may not be far distant," they agreed to the resolution that "the Jewish people in its own work of national redemption welcomes the economic, agricultural and national development of the Arab peoples and states"; and they reaffirmed "the stand previously adopted at Congresses of the World Zionist Organization, expressing the readiness and the desire of the Jewish people for full cooperation with their Arab neighbors." (For the full transcription of the conference proceedings, see http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/biltmore.html.) Among those who attended were David Ben-Gurion as Chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive, Nahum Goldmann as a member of the Executive of the Zionist Organization of America and Chaim Weizmann as President of the World Zionist Organization. Hannah Arendt covered the conference for the German-language paper Aufbau. Not everyone including Arendt and the pro-British Weitzmann agreed with its position. Martin Buber, Judah Leon Magnes, Ernst Simon and Henrietta Szold broke away to form Ichud (Unification), which promoted an Arab-Jewish Federation; and a group of Reform rabbis created the American Council for Judaism that opposed Zionism. It was not until the end of the war that the full horror of The Holocaust became public. On May 14, 1948, Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared the establishment of a Jewish homeland as the State of Israel.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Christina Geiger
    Specialist - Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Historical Photographs
    Bonhams
    Work
    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 212 644 9094
    FaxFax: +1 212 644 9007