T.E. Lawrence, 1888 – 1935

August 16, 1888: Birthdate of T.E. Lawrence, known to history as “Lawrence of Arabia.”  In the popular mind, Lawrence is remembered as a driving force behind Arab nationalism.  However, Lawrence was not anti-Zionist.  In “The Changing East” he wrote of the way in which the Zionist settlers would help improve the economic and social condition of the Arab population.  “In 1919 he drafted a letter for Emir Feisal for a meeting with Felix Frankfurter, a leader of American Zionists. In his letter Feisal wished ‘the Jews a hearty welcome home’ and asserted ‘our two movements complete one another.’ ‘There is room in Syria for both of us’ he concluded.”  (Mitch Levin)

T.E. Lawrence was honored in a souvenir sheet commemorating the Red Cross role in World War I, issued by Mozambique in 2013:

t.e. lawrence souvenir sheet - mozambique

 

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