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Felix Frankfurter

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Felix Frankfurter, 1882-1965.  Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court, 1939-1962.  Exceptional World War II content Typed Letter Signed, Felix Frankfurter, one page, 5¾” x 9”, on stationery of the Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, D.C., November 27, 1940.

Fourteen months after World War II began in Europe, and little more than a year before the United States would itself enter the war, Frankfurter—born an Austrian Jew—writes that “the stakes are not less than all that we treasure most in civilized existence.”  His comment is fascinating in view of Nazi brutality toward the Jews.  It makes one wonder how much Frankfurter may already have known about the events that led to the Holocaust.

Writing to Dr. Ernst O. Heyl, Frankfurter says, in full:  “Your letter truly moves me.  To the memories of the late war which you so rightfully invoke, you now bring me the feeling of respect aroused by the contribution that your two doctor sons are making to the present conflict, in which the stakes are not less than all that we treasure most in civilized existence.  Well may you be proud of those sons.  You must permit me to say they are worthily following in their father’s footsteps.”

Frankfurter has boldly signed this letter in black fountain pen.  This letter has three horizontal folds that are not as noticeable as the scan suggests.  It also has a paper clip impression and a couple of stains at the top, but overall it is in fine condition.

Unframed. 

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