AUCTION 41 | Thursday, September 18th, 2008 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, & Graphic Art

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Lot 366


“Arriving of the Jewish Regiment in Palestine.” Jewish Legioneers welcomed by the Jews of Palestine as they march onto the shores of the Holy Land. Flanked by the British, American, and French flags and the blue-and-white standard of the Zionist movement. With vignettes of Zionist leaders including Dr. Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weizman, Max Nordau, Louis Brandeis, David Wolfson, etc 23 x 17 1/2 inches

American, S. & L. Litho Co., 1918 :

Est: $1,200 - $1,800
The Jewish Regiment arrived in Palestine after the Armistice with Turkey when the entire territory of Palestine was liberated from the Turks by the British. The Legion, which had been formed and trained while fighting on the Desert Front, was originally conceived as a step toward the fulfillment of the Balfour Declaration - the formation of a Jewish National Homeland in Palestine. Although the liberation of Palestine had already been achieved by the time the Jewish Legion Battalions were ready for deployment, the Jewish volunteers, comprising Jews from Britain, America, Canada, Argentina and Palestine itself, took over line of communication duty in the immediate aftermath of the Armistice. The historic and symbolic landing of the Jewish Regiment at the early stages of the formation of the Jewish State in Palestine is emotively depicted in this lithograph. The fact that it was printed in the United States, is testimony to the shared enthusiasm by American Jews for the creation of a Jewish Homeland in Palestine. On the Jewish Legion in general, see EJ Vol. X, cols. 69-76