Havana, Cuba: not published, 1930. First Edition. Unbound. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very good- condition. Item #019304
A page from the guest book register of the Hebrew College in Havana, Cuba signed by Albert Einstein. On his journey to America, the scientist stopped in Havana for a little over a day. In addition to touring the island and meeting dignitaries, Einstein first traveled to the Jewish community and specifically the "Colegio Hebrew del Centro Israelita de Cuba" during his 30 hour visit to Cuba which started on December 19, 1930. The double-sided guest book page has 16 entries, dating from September 12, 1929 to March 9, 1931. Some of the visitors who signed the guest book were from the island but several were from the USA. Most of the American visitors were fellow Zionists and/or helped to raise funds for various Jewish causes. The Director of the Hebrew College at that time, as identified on the sheet, is Dr. Juan del Valle. The page was folded, and has numerous paper clip creases and rust stains, a few small perforations from staples, and has moderate soiling and wear. Included is also a small loose contemporary newsprint photograph of Einstein from a Spanish language newspaper. The entries, in chronological order, as best as could be transcribed are: 09/12/29 O. Lopez, as Inspector Auxilier; 11/14/29 Oscar Lopez giving address as 177 Enrique Villuendas; lengthy handwritten comment in Spanish by O. Lopez; 12/12/29 Dr. Abraham Coralnik (1883-1937) of New York - lengthy handwritten comment in English by Coralnik who was Editor of "The Day" a Yiddish NY newspaper; No date (n.d.) Emanuel Celler (1888-1981) Brooklyn politician; n.d Morris Fishman - 2252 Gladstone Detroit MI - Vice President of the Detroit Life Insurance Company and fundraiser/spokesperson for United Jewish Campaign including funds for United Hebrew Schools; n.d. Nathan Borin - 3008 Cortland Av Detroit MI - businessman and president of coal dealer partnership Borin Brothers Company; n.d. Mrs. Yenchyl - 1209 Tuilnyame; n.d. Rabbi Louis J. Victor Eppstein - Havana; n.d. Rabbi I. Edward Kiev - NYC (1905-1975) - Head Librarian Hebrew Union College 02/07/30 Oscar Lopez; 06/12/30 Simon Eisenberg - S.A. de los Banes; 06/12/30 Herman Chervony - Havana - member of the Board of "Centro Israelita de Cuba" which was formed in 1925; 12/19/30 A. Einstein - Berlin; 12/12/31 Oscar Gutierrez - Biela 91; 03/09/31 Franco Goires - Monte 163 Alto - Inspector Auxilier. Protected in a Lucite frame. The paper measures 11.75 inches (height) by 9 inches (width).