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A scarce Golda Meir handwritten postcard showing the Nile River in Cairo will be auctioned on February 27 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles.
The postcard was stamped in Alexandria, Egypt in May of 1930. On the postcard is a commemorative stamp of King Fuad, who became Sultan of Sudan and Egypt in 1917. When the British recognized Egypt’s independence in 1922, he became known as King Fuad I. Meir addressed the postcard to Shoshana Golotcinskit in Tel Aviv, Palestine and wrote in Hebrew and Yiddish:
“Shalom, Shoshana, I hope that you telegraphed me the addresses. I ask you to send immediately the Horowitz book, tell Lobatkin that I forgot to buy it. I ask you my dear that you write me. It is very difficult for me. [This previous sentence is in Yiddish and may refer to her anguish over leaving her young children after her separation from her husband.] Shalom, Golda.”
Meir traveled outside Palestine frequently in 1929 and 1930. She traveled to the United States on behalf of the Women’s Labor Council and made two trips to Great Britain, including a 1930 trip to participate in the Conference of Socialist Women. At that time it was impossible to sail directly to the Jaffa port in Palestine, so she would have traveled through Alexandria instead of Jaffa because Arab boat owners refused to transport Jewish people to land. From Alexandria, she took a train to Palestine. It is possible Meir was helping Jewish people immigrate to Palestine via Alexandria. Golda moved to Tel Aviv in 1928.
Her efforts as Israeli ambassador to the Soviet Union to inform the oppressed Jews of Moscow about news from Israel caused her to be ejected from the country after only six months.
Meir served as Israel’s 4th Prime Minister from 1969 until 1974. She died in 1978 and is buried on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.