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ALS of the Supreme Court Justice on SCOTUS Stationery

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BRANDEIS, LOUIS D. (1856-1941). Supreme Court Justice. ALS. (“Louis D. Brandeis”). 1p. 8vo. Washington, March [?] 29, 1939. On a folded sheet of Supreme Court stationery. To German economist and author DR. CURT NAWRATZKI, author of the 1914 book Die Jüdische Kolonisation Palästinas (The Jewish Colonization of Palestine).

Let me thank you for your thoughtful and informing letter of the 8th. I do not think that the change advocated is now feasible…”

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Louis D. Brandeis

Noteworthy as the first Jew appointed to the U.S. high court, Brandeis earned his reputation as a liberal-minded attorney. During a lengthy legal career, Brandeis ruled against monopolies, and for workers’ rights and affordable life insurance. Outside the courtroom, beginning in about 1910 and inspired by his uncle, Brandeis became an ardent Zionist.

“Brandeis’s desire to help Eastern European Jewry find a safe haven in Palestine [the future state of Israel] was heightened by his contact in 1910 with Russian immigrant garment workers, whom he met while mediating a strike. He saw in these Jews a democratic spirit and idealism he had not expected. In 1913, Brandeis agreed to chair a Zionist meeting in Boston. Not content to be a mere figurehead, by 1915 Brandeis became Zionism’s leading public spokesman in America… By 1917, the American Zionist movement increased its membership tenfold to 200,000 members. The American Provisional Executive Committee for General Zionist Affairs, which Brandeis chaired, raised millions to relieve Jews who were suffering throughout war-torn Europe,” (“Louis D. Brandeis and American Zionism,” The Jewish Federation of North America, Feldberg).

Marked “Personal” in the upper left corner. With several light paper-clip marks in the upper margin and some general wear. In very good condition.

ALS of the Supreme Court Justice on SCOTUS Stationery

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