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History of Zionism; growth and development in Israel

Film | Accession Number: 2000.621.1 | RG Number: RG-60.2528 | Film ID: 2312

Part One. Travelogue shots of landscape-swamp, desert, etc. Aerial and panoramic views of a number of different cities in Palestine. Buildings, camels, Jews praying in a yeshiva and at the Wailing Wall. Brief history of Zionism with images of Professor Chaim Weizmann, President of the Zionist Organization and the Jewish Agency, as well as Nahum Sokolow who was present at the Zionist's First Congress. Also featured: Leo Moltkin, Menachem Ussishkin, Louis Marshall, Henrietta Szold, Rabbi Uziel, Professor Brodetski, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Achad Ha-Am, Sir Herbert Samuel. Construction underway, men at work. Jewish settlements under construction, Jerusalem and Haifa in the 1920s. Persian Jews, ornately outfitted, dancing. Persian women and children weaving. Jews from Yemen. Bulldozers, creation of an energy plant, men working in a quarry, salt mines. Construction of Hebrew University on Mt. Scopus. Ceremony for opening of Hebrew University, processions of flags, etc.

Introductory titles provided by NCJF accompany this film (their restored version): "This film has no other aim except to be a collection of documents. It demonstrates what Zionists desire to accomplish in the rebuilding of Palestine and their accomplishments in the span of some 20 years. It shows this in pictures of the past. The contemporary character has not been altered through retouching or other changes. The film bears the name Hatikvah: the Hope. And even though the sources may seem matter of fact or primitive, they are nevertheless an accurate account of a people's aspiration."

Film Title
Hatikvah [The Hope]
Event:  1920-1936
Production:  1936
Accessed at US Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis University
Record last modified: 2020-02-04 10:39:37
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