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Photo: Kibbutz Nahal Oz archives
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Photo: Kibbutz Nahal Oz archives
Rare photos of Zionist and state leaders
The rare photos provide a unique look at Zionist and state leaders that the public rarely sees; 'The photos immortalize forgotten relationships and moments of levity and we invite the public to visit and learn more about the famous figures behind these photographs.'
An exhibition of photos from the archives of the World Zionist Organization presents major Zionist and state leaders in informal moments. 30 photos capture a list of leaders including Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Moshe Sharett, Chaim Nahman Bialik, Menachem Begin and others.

 

 

"The exhibition reflects a fresh, unpretentious perspective of our leaders and engages the public in the events of the past," said the archive manager Yigal Sitri. "The photos immortalize forgotten relationships and moments of levity and we invite the public to visit and learn more about the famous figures behind these photographs."

 

Begin playing chess
Begin playing chess

 

Ben-Gurion in the desert
Ben-Gurion in the desert
 

 

Among the photographs in the exhibition: A rare photo of David Ben-Gurion in 1951, taken during a trip to Eilat. The intense heat and thirst did not stop him visiting Kibbutz Yotvata. Ben-Gurion was photographed wearing a bandana to protect himself from the blazing sun.

 

Young Golda Meir
Young Golda Meir

 

Golda Meir's car breaks down
Golda Meir's car breaks down

 

Another rare photograph shows Golda Meir in southern Israel in 1947. The dust plumes didn't stop the heads of the Jewish Agency from seeking to show donors and foreign representatives the Jewish settlements in the Negev. When the American cars got stuck in the desert sand, a local Bedouin stopped to help.

 

Herzl in the Austrian Alps
Herzl in the Austrian Alps

 

The Jewish Brigade
The Jewish Brigade

 

Moshe Sharett visiting troops
Moshe Sharett visiting troops

 

Additional photographs depict Herzl with his bike in the Austrian Alps and Moshe Sharett in the Jewish Brigade while in northern Italy fighting the Nazis with the British Army.

 

Menachem Ussishkin (center), Nahum Sokolow (left) and Chaim Weizmann (right)
Menachem Ussishkin (center), Nahum Sokolow (left) and Chaim Weizmann (right)

 

Hayim Nahman Bialik and Ya'akov Cohen
Hayim Nahman Bialik and Ya'akov Cohen

 

 

 

 

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