Monday, July 17, 2017

July 18th, 1947 SS Exodus

Today at 11 AM an official memorial monument will be unveiled at Haifa-port commemorating 70 years to the July 18th 1947; SS Exodus tragedy.
In the colorized photo a wounded boy is lead to be treated and deported by a british soldier. 
For more info about the SS Exodus and its sad story go to:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Colorizing Hertzel

Theodor Herzl on the balcony of the "Three Kings Hotel" ("Les Trois Rois") in Basel, Switzerland. 
This photo was taken before /or after the famous "Herzl on the balcony" photo.

The famous photo of "Herzl on the balcony" looking at the Rhine river.

The balcony of the "Three Kings Hotel" as it looks today 

Chaim Herzog on the balcony.

The same famous balcony today.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Jewish Agency bomb 11-3-1948

On March 11, 1948, a  car bomb planted in the courtyard of the Jewish Agency by an Arab terrorist (which is believed to have been smuggled into the heavily-guarded compound in a stolen U.S. Consulate car. 
exploded, killed 13 and wounded nearly 100 civilians.
In this photo a small sports car being used as an ambulance to rush victims to hospital.

 Original photo
International News Photo - 1948. After bombing of Jewish Agency
 Photo by: Lasar Dunner - 
original by radiophoto.

The same building in an early photo

The Keren Hayesod wing of the building was completely destroyed.
 Same location today.
 Leib Yaffe, director-general of Keren Hayesod 
(Who attended the first Zionist Congress and was the brother of Bezalel Yaffe, one of Tel Aviv's founders,)
was killed in the bombing.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Natan Alterman (נתן אלתרמן). Night editor at "Haaretz" newspaper (year unknown)

 This amazing photo of Natan Alterman has a forward action line hidden in it. 
Starting at the tip of Alterman's hair, 
it moves straight through his nose to his cigarette and ends at the page.
For me this signifies his drive and ambition forward in life.

The original black and white photo was taken by: Avraham Soskin.
Photo rights belong to "The Pinhas Lavon institute for Labour Movement Research"

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Stroop Report - Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

This photo was taken between April 19th to May 16th 1943

 The original German captions says:
"Jews pulled from a bunker"
"Juden aus einem Bunker hervorgeholt"

The picture was taken at Nowolipie street looking East, near intersection with Smocza street, 
perhaps Nowolipie 64 / Smocza 1. 
In the background one can see the ghetto walls with a gate.

This is the original page with this photo as seen in the Stroop report.
Intreating observation... 
There where only 4 copies of this report ever made.
In the "Warsaw " version of the photo (taken from the Warsaw version of the "Stroop Report") the top and right boarders have a bit less information / details than the photo I used for the coloring.
In the Bottom and left side of the photo in this report-image have a bit more information / details then my colorized image.

The photo I used for coloring is from the "NARA" Version of the "Stroop Report"

This is the same location in what looks like the same day.
Some of the stuff in the following few photos can be seen in the colorized photo.

Same location later on.

If we combine some of the photos from the same location, the bigger picture would look something like this.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Jaffa Gate, Jerusalem. Dec 1st. 1947

"In Nov 29th 1947 the "General Assembly" of the UN voted on the "Partition plan of Palestine.
In retaliation, the following day, arabs attacked Jews at the Jewish Quarter in the old city of Jerusalem.
This colorised photo shows a white Jewish ambulance, with a British soldier riding aboard, carrying wounded Jews through a crowd of cheering Arabs, at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem
.The British soldiers in the FG of this photo are keeping watch.

Original photo by AP Photographer James Pringle.
                                                                    Ref #: PA.8669141

                                                                     Date: 01/12/1947

Traffic jam inside Jaffa Gate, 1898. 
Same location as the 1947 photo.
The Turkish military escort, was possibly part of the German Emperor's entourage.  
Close inspection on the left of the photo shows an American flag hanging outside of the Grand or Central Hotel,
formerly the Mediterranean Hotel.


Some crowd close ups.

1947 ford ambulance.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jerusalem, Mishkenot Sha'ananim. Jan. 20, 1948

Residents of  Mishkenot Sha'ananim crawl and run to dodge Arab snipers 
as they return to their homes after their day’s work.
In the back ground you can see the Montefiore Windmill.

The spot this photo was taken from would be where todays "Shderot Blumfield" are,
looking from west to east (towards the old city).

 During the 1948 war of independence, Arabs snipers fired from the walls of the old city of Jerusalem  at the residence of Mishkenot Sha'ananim. 
Original photo by AP 

Ref #: PA.8673255

During the 1948 blockade of Jerusalem the windmill served as an observation point for Jewish Haganah fighters. In an attempt to impede their activities, the British authorities blew up the top of the windmill in an operation mockingly dubbed by the population "Operation Don Quixote.

View of Hinom Valley in Jerusalem (Chatham University Archives, circa 1880). The photo, probably taken from near the Jaffa Gate, shows the Montefiore windmill, built in 1858, and the Mishkenot Sha'anaim homes beneath it. Are the blades of the windmill blurry because they were moving? That could provide a date for the photo: The mill stopped turning in 1876.

Mishkenot Sha'ananim and the Montefiore Windmill, Jerusalem, the 1930s

Circa 1955