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Chaim Weizmann, Autographed Letter Signed. Addressed to Sofia (Sonia) Getzova, Weizmann's former fiancée. Oakwood, London, January 31, 1925. Russian. An interesting letter, written following appeals to Weizmann to assist Getzova in finding a position in the medical field in Palestine. "I explained to Leo [Leo Motzkin?] that it is not possible now to make appointments, since the director of the institution has not yet been appointed. His appointment depends in part on the American doctors. I proposed Prof. Rosenthal and I expect to receive their agreement soon… I will submit your candidacy to Rosenthal, and of course I'll support it… I explained to Leo and to Einstein [Albert Einstein], who spoke to me on this issue, where things stand…". Sofia (Sonia) Getzova (1872-1946), a pathologist, born in Russia and a pioneer of pathology in Palestine. In the years 1898-1903 she was Chaim Weizmann's first fiancée (after the cancellation of their engagement, in 1906, Weizmann married Vera Katzman). In 1925 Getzova immigrated to Palestine, and beginning in 1926 she served as professor and headed the institute for pathological anatomy at the Hadassah Medical Center. Getzova was a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Upon retiring she was granted, retroactively, the title of Professor Emerita, and was the first woman to be appointed professor in Palestine.
leaf, folded in two (two written pages), 17.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.