Auction 68 Jewish and Israeli History and Culture
Sep 19, 2019 (Your local time)
 8 Ramban St, Jerusalem.
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LOT 39:

Collection of Photographs and Paper Items – Illegal Immigration – 1930s and 1940s

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Sold for: $1,500
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$ 1,500
Auction house commission: 23%
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Approx. 84 photographs and paper items documenting the illegal immigration to Palestine. Various places in Palestine, 1930s and 1940s (most items are from the late 1940s). Hebrew and some English.
The collection contains approx. 60 photographs, among them: a fast patrol boat of the British Mandate watching for illegal immigrant ships (1945); the illegal immigrants of the ship Shabtai Luzinski dancing the "Hora" on the shore of Gaza under the watchful eyes of British soldiers (1947); a religious boy eating matzah near a ship; and more. Thirty-seven photographs are mounted on paper and captioned by hand, and they document the mistreatment of illegal immigrants by the British (illegal immigrants being forcefully taken from the ship, a train with barred windows carrying illegal immigrants to a detention camp, photographs of illegal immigrants in detention camps, and more). Alongside the photographs, the collection also contains 24 paper items, including: • Yizkor – a prayer leaf in memory of the victims of illegal immigration, with the prayers "El Maleh Rachamim" (God Full of Mercy), "Kaddish" and a special "Yizkor" prayer for the "illegal immigrants to Palestine, who risked their lives" (Hebrew). Appearing on the first page is a note: "Presented to the immigrants far out at sea, by the immigration department, the Jewish Agency". • A long letter (7 pages), sent by a British sailor on a patrol ship to his family. Addressing his fear of the "Stern Gang" (the Lehi organization), the search for ships of illegal immigrants and the sight of the shores of Palestine from sea. • "Sonnenaufgang am Meer" [Sunrise at Sea], a woodcut by Jacob Steinhardt – signed, in Hebrew and English. Depicts Jewish illegal immigrants crowding together on the deck of a ship. • And more.
Enclosed: a cloth badge of the "Af Al Pi" immigration – the Revisionist illegal immigration enterprise.
Size and condition vary.
Provenance: The Rimon Family Collection.

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