"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

In the United States, Ben-Gurion in 1945 had secretly recruited eighteen Jewish millionaires, organized as, and misleadingly titled, the Sonneborn Institute, to help provide the Haganah's needs in money and equipment....The Institute's most ambitious project...was the purchase of the decommissioned aircraft carrier Attu -- for $125,000 -- on which [they] hoped to load hundreds of armored vehicles, artillery pieces, and aircraft and convey them to Palestine. The plan fell through, for reasons of expense and American interferences, and the carrier was sold as scrap metal.

[Sonneborn Institute: Benny Morris, 1948]

Posted by stronzo on 05.20.2009


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