Auction 048 Rebbes of Satmar, Sighet and Bobov - Books, Objects, Letters and Manuscripts, Broadsides and Printed Items

Letter to the Rebbe of Satmar – Iyar 1945 – From His Daughter and Son-in-Law the Rebbe of Sassov – Obtaining Immigration Certificates to Eretz Israel

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Letter addressed to Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar, signed by his son-in-law R. Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Meyer-Teitelbaum, and by his daughter Rebbe Chaya Roiza Teitelbaum. Jerusalem, 6th Iyar 1945.
Typewritten letter, with several handwritten lines and signatures.
Letter from the only surviving daughter of the rebbe of Satmar (her two sisters had passed away earlier, in 1921 and 1931). Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum was in Geneva, Switzerland at the time (after his rescue through the Kastner Train), while his daughter and son-in-law, who had been rescued in a different way, had already reached Eretz Israel.
In their letter, they describe their many efforts to obtain immigration certificates, explaining that it was currently impossible to obtain visas for individuals, though efforts were being made to receive visas for the entire transport. They note that equal efforts were being applied to obtaining a visa for R. Yosel Ashkenazi, the rebbe's faithful attendant. They ask the rebbe for information about relatives and acquaintances who had survived the Holocaust.
This letter is presumably one of the first letters that the rebbe of Satmar received from his daughter and son-in-law after he survived the war. Their previous letters don't seem to have reached him (possibly due to British censorship), which is why they chose to typewrite the present letter.

Rebbe Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Meyer-Teitelbaum of Sassov (1906-1966), son of Rebbe Chanoch Henich of Sassov. Son-in-law of his uncle Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar, and his assistant in directing his yeshivot in Orsheva, Karoly and Satmar. He also served as rabbi of Szemihaly (Bűdszentmihály).
After unsuccessful attempts to save his father-in-law during the Holocaust, he fled with his rebbetzin through Romania and reached Eretz Israel, while Rebbe Yoel was eventually rescued through the Kastner train. He immigrated to the United States with his father-in-law law in 1946, and established there the Sassov Chassidut, later returning to Eretz Israel where he founded the Kiryat Yismach Moshe neighborhood.

[1] leaf. Approx. 21 cm. Good condition. Folding marks. Stains and minor wear.