Unveiled: Letter from painter Marc Chagall

IDF unveils letter from Marc Chagall congratulating Israel's first PM on the creation of the State.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Marc Chagall's signature (illustrative)
Marc Chagall's signature (illustrative)
IDF archives, Defense Ministry

The IDF on Thursday announced it would unveil a rare letter written by Jewish artist Marc Chagall to former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion on May 14, 1948.

The unveiling comes in honor of Holocaust Heroes and Martyrs Day.

In the Yiddish-language letter, Chagall wrote, "On this historic day for the Jewish people - as a son and an artist from the ghetto - I send you warm regards - to you, the fighter and founder of the new Jewish republic."

The letter was presented to retired Supreme Court Justice Elyakim Rubinstein during a private visit to the IDF archives last month.

Upon seeing the letter, Rubinstein suggested it be translated into Hebrew.