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50 year anniversary: Six Day War in pictures
An exhibition at the Yitzhak Rabin Center commemorating the anniversary of the Six-Day War presents objects, videos, photographs and documents describing the story of the campaign and the chief of staff who led it; recognize yourself among the soldiers? Contact us.
Prime Minister Levi Eshkol's journal of the Six-Day War, the speech of Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin on Mount Scopus, the wings emblem of Motti Hod, commander of the air force, documents and a variety of pictures from the spring-summer of 1967 are some of the items presented in the exhibit under the title 6 Days, 50 Years and a Victorious Chief of Staff.

 

 

The exhibition, in collaboration with the IDF archive, the defense establishment and the Government's Press Office, will open on June 5 at the changing exhibition complex at the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv.

 

Yitzhak Rabin, a day after the war (Photo: Shlomo Lavi/GPO)
Yitzhak Rabin, a day after the war (Photo: Shlomo Lavi/GPO)

Soldiers in the commander during the waiting period (Photo: Amnon Even-Tov/GPO)
Soldiers in the commander during the waiting period (Photo: Amnon Even-Tov/GPO)

Five days before the beginning of the war, soldiers catching up (Photo: Micha Han/GPO)
Five days before the beginning of the war, soldiers catching up (Photo: Micha Han/GPO)

Four days before the war, newspapers are handed out (Photo: Aharon Zuckerman/GPO)
Four days before the war, newspapers are handed out (Photo: Aharon Zuckerman/GPO)

Jordanian jeep taken over in east Jerusalem (Photo: GPO)
Jordanian jeep taken over in east Jerusalem (Photo: GPO)

Rabin with soldiers during the waiting period (Photo: GPO)
Rabin with soldiers during the waiting period (Photo: GPO)

After the Gaza takeover (Photo: Moshe Milner/GPO)
After the Gaza takeover (Photo: Moshe Milner/GPO)

Filling up the canteens during the waiting period (Photo: Moshe Milner/GPO)
Filling up the canteens during the waiting period (Photo: Moshe Milner/GPO)

One of the paratroopers who took over the Western Wall getting married (Photo: Aharon Zuckerman/GPO)
One of the paratroopers who took over the Western Wall getting married (Photo: Aharon Zuckerman/GPO)

Waiting in the shade (Photo: Moshe Milner/GPO)
Waiting in the shade (Photo: Moshe Milner/GPO)

 

The exhibition combines archival footage with digital additions such as dynamic maps, animated stills, animations and quizzes. It presents as vivid a description of the Six-Day War as possible—from the waiting period to the euphoria that followed the days of the battle, alongside the story of Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin.

 

79th battalion (Photo: Aharon Zuckerman/GPO)
79th battalion (Photo: Aharon Zuckerman/GPO)

Soldiers watching TV (Photo: Moshe Friedman/GPO)
Soldiers watching TV (Photo: Moshe Friedman/GPO)

IAF officer - prior to call waiting (Photo: Ilan Bruner/GPO)
IAF officer - prior to call waiting (Photo: Ilan Bruner/GPO)

Jerusalem, Juner 18, 1967 (Photo: Moshe Friedman/GPO)
Jerusalem, Juner 18, 1967 (Photo: Moshe Friedman/GPO)

Paratrooper and armored corps (Photo: David Rubinger/GPO)
Paratrooper and armored corps (Photo: David Rubinger/GPO)

8th battalion in Eilat (Photo: David Rubinger/GPO)
8th battalion in Eilat (Photo: David Rubinger/GPO)

Navy soldiers in Sharm El Sheikh (Photo: Eli Kaminer/GPO)
Navy soldiers in Sharm El Sheikh (Photo: Eli Kaminer/GPO)

Lunch break (Photo: Rafi Refaeli/GPO)
Lunch break (Photo: Rafi Refaeli/GPO)

C4I Corps soldier (Photo: Moshe Milner/GPO)
C4I Corps soldier (Photo: Moshe Milner/GPO)

The chief of staff touring Jerusalem after the war (Photo: Shlomo Lavi/GPO)
The chief of staff touring Jerusalem after the war (Photo: Shlomo Lavi/GPO)
 

 

The exhibition opens with a half-hour film, which reveals, among other things, maneuvers that Rabin led before his appointment as chief of staff, chapters from the IDF's preparations for the war, the stages of regional deterioration, and the final speech on Mount Scopus. Visitors are then welcome to wander through the exhibits.

 

The exhibition will open on Monday, June 5, and will also be translated into English. Reservations can be made in advance, for groups and individuals. The exhibition will replace the exhibit on Operation Entebbe, which has been there for two years.

 

(Translated and edited by N. Elias)

 

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