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Robert Capa photograph of two soldiers carrying a stretcher with a wounded man

Object | Accession Number: 2005.594.4

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    Brief Narrative
    Photographic print by Robert Capa taken in Tel Aviv in July 1948 as Irgun soldiers, now part of the Israeli Defense Forces, removed their wounded from the beach while under heavy fire. It was published as part of a photojournalistic essay: "Palestine War: Jews Rebellion Against Provisional Government."
    Artwork Title
    Irgun men save their wounded on the beaches of Tel Aviv
    depiction:  1948 July
    creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark Reichman
    back, top, red ink, stamped : DO NOT MUTILATE PRINT OR CAPTION / ON LOAN FROM / CONWAY PICTURE LIBRARY / 2 NELSON ROAD, GREENWICH, / LONDON, S.E.10. TEL. 01-858 7211/1887
    back, top, black ink, stamped : DEACCESSIONED
    back, blue ink, typed on attached paper : JEWS FIGHT JEWS ON THE BEACH OF TEL AVIV. (underlined) Pix by Rbt. Capa. "Mag- / num" (underlined) / Rebellion by the terrorist organization, Irgun Zvei Leumi, / against the provisional government of Israel was fought out on the / beaches of Tel Aviv against the background of flames from a burning / arms ship. Irgun Commandos stormed the waterfront 50 yards from / (?) truce H.Q. Under the first impact, Israel troops withdrew / (?) machine guns racked the beach. Artillery pounded the ship / (?) she caught fire. The attack was repulsed by the Israel troops.
    back, black ink, typed on attached paper : 6. Irgun men save their wounded from the beach under the h eavy / fire. Suddenly a white ambulance; a gift of the American / Jewish red (re with a line through it) David Shields (equivalent of the Red Cross) appears / between the fighting lines to evacuate the wounded American / Irgunists. The Haganah guards help from behind a stone wall.
    back, blue ink, typed on attached paper / FILE PALESTINE WAR JEW REBELLION AGAINST PROVISIONAL GOVT (underlined)
    Photographer: Robert Capa

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Black and white photographic print of an outdoor scene shot from medium distance. On recto is an image of two men carrying one man on a stretcher across the beach in the middle ground. The sea is in the background and in the right foreground is a damaged elevated concrete walkway. On the verso are 3 adhered caption labels and stamps from his agency and a previous owner, and inscriptions in graphite and black marker.
    overall: Height: 9.500 inches (24.13 cm) | Width: 6.250 inches (15.875 cm)
    overall : gelatin silver print, paper, adhesive, ink, graphite
    back, top, pencil : 6 (encircled)
    back, bottom left, pencil : RC-25
    back, bottom right, pencil : 10,000

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
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    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Personal Name
    Capa, Robert, 1913-1954.

    Administrative Notes

    The photograph was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Dr. Mark Reichman.
    Record last modified:
    2023-07-10 11:22:05
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