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Poster promoting enlistment for the Jewish Brigade designed by the Shamir brothers

Object | Accession Number: 2011.270.3

Poster encouraging Jewish enlistment in the British army with the goal of establishing a Jewish Brigade in Palestine created by Gabriel and Maxim Shamir in 1941. The brothers, both graphic designers, created many works that helped shaped the culture and political environment in Palestine before and during World War II, and in Israel following its independence. Great Britain had ruled Palestine under a League of Nations mandate since 1920. Beginning in 1940, the Jews of Palestine were permitted to enlist in units of the British Army attached to the East Kent Regiment. In the following years, many petitions requesting that these Jews be allowed to fight as a single unit under the Jewish national flag were submitted to the British government. In September 1944, the government responded to the petitions by establishing the Jewish Brigade. It included more than 5000 Jewish volunteers living in Palestine and was the only independent, national Jewish unit to serve in WWII. The Group served under the Zionist flag. It served in combat during the final battles for the liberation of Italy. The British dissolved the Brigade in the summer of 1946.

Artwork Title
The Order On Everyone’s Lips
creation:  1941
creation: Palestine
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-10-07 13:29:13
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