Auction 68 Jewish and Israeli History and Culture
Thursday, 19.9.19 (Your local time)
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LOT 44:

Four Pins – "Shurot Hameginim" – Cyprus Detention Camps, 1947-1949

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Two pins for the members of "Shurot Hameginim" (The Defenders' Lines) in Cyprus and two souvenir pins from the Cyprus detention camps. [Cyprus, 1947-1949].
Since early 1947 until the closure of the detention camps in Cyprus in early 1949, delegations of Palmach members trained the illegal immigrants imprisoned in the camps in preparation for their immigration to Palestine and their joining the fighters of the Yishuv. The organization did not officially belong to the Palmach and therefore received a different, neutral name – "The Defenders' Lines".
1. A round pin, bearing the emblem of the Palmach and behind it a crossed hammer and sword, a hand holding two olive branches and the Hebrew legend "Shurot Hameginim Cyprus".
Diameter: 25 mm. Good condition.
2. A pin made of a Cypriot coin (Piaster or half a piaster), of which one side was filed. Bears a shield with a Zionist flag on it and the digits "121" with a crossed hammer and sword behind, a hand holding two olive branches the Hebrew legend "Shurot Hameginim Cyprus".
Diameter: 24 mm. Good condition. No fastener.
3-4. Two pins made of Cypriot coins (Piaster or half a piaster), of which one side was filed. On one of them appears a map of the island of Cyprus divided by a fence with a watchtower, barbed wire and the Hebrew inscription "Cyprus". The second pin is divided in half: on its upper part, under the Hebrew legend "Illegal Immigration", appears an illegal immigrant ship under an airplane. On its lower part appears a tin shack behind barbed wire fence with watchtowers, and the Hebrew legend "Cyprus".
Diameter: 24 mm. Condition varies.
Provenance: The Rimon Family Collection.

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