AUCTION 43 | Thursday, April 02nd, 2009 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 244


Collection of eight leaflets issued by the Jewish Underground - Irgun Tzeva'i Le'umi (Etzel) and Lochamei Cheruth Israel (Lechi) - designed to end the British Mandate of Palestine through psychological warfare, i.e. undermining the morale of the British soldier: "To Every British Soldier. It's Worth Thinking About". * "To the British Soldier in Palestine!" * "Dear Friend…A Jewish Ex-serviceman." * "Warning!" * And four others, similar

(Israel): 1944-1948

Est: $300 - $500
The Jewish Underground's war of propaganda was designed to appeal to the conscience of the British soldier stationed in Palestine. He was asked to consider that the British Government had reneged on its promise to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine as expressed in the Balfour Declaration of 1917; that British and Palestinian Jewish soldiers had recently fought arm-in-arm against the common Fascist foe; that it was inhumane to prevent the immigration of survivors of the Holocaust from European D.P. camps to their ancestral homeland; and that ultimately it would be folly for the British soldier to sacrifice one's life for Britain's current policy, when it was merely a question of time until the British Government woukd make up its mind to evacuate from Palestine