Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, and his wife Paula recalled, five months late, that they did not pay for eggs they had purchased.
They sent the forgotten payment, along with an apology note to the egg distributor, Zvi Havivi.
“To Mr. Zvi Havivi, Ben Yehuda 236, Tel Aviv. Attached you will find a cheque for the sum of seven Lirot and five hundred Prutot for the eggs from 12.5.54 [May 12, 1954]. My wife is very sorry she was distracted from this debt, our apologies. Yours sincerely, D. Ben-Gurion,” read the October 5, 1954, letter.
The letter survived for years among other paperwork, and was eventually uncovered by Havivi’s daughter-in-law.
“My late father-in-law, Zvi Havivi, used to distribute Tnuva eggs!” Waldhorn wrote, referring to the major Israeli food company.
“We found this letter by chance years ago, after his death. A little hard to read but personally, for us it is very touching,” she added.