Letters from Isaiah Berlin to his aunt and uncle, Ida and Yitzhak Samunov

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Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 8238, fols. 74-90
Title: Letters from Isaiah Berlin to his aunt and uncle, Ida and Yitzhak Samunov
Dates of Creation: c.1928-1936
Extent: 17 leaves
Language(s) of Material: English, a small passage in Hebrew


Ida Samunov, née Volshonok (1887-1985) was the sister of Isaiah Berlin's mother, Marie Berlin. She and her husband, Yitzhak Samunov (1886-1950) settled in Palestine.

Scope and Content

Includes discussion of Zionist affairs (particularly the setting up of the Peel Commission, 1936), and of land transactions in Palestine by Yitzhak Samunov on behalf of the Berlins.

Related Material

See the Catalogue of the Papers of Isaiah Berlin

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by Efraim Halevy (nephew of Yitzhak Samunov), 25 May 2007

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio numbers, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 8238, fols. 74-90]

Access Point(s)
Berlin | Sir | Isaiah | 1909-1997 | knight | historian and philosopher Existence and Location of Copies note

Transcripts available in the Isaiah Berlin Virtual Library


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