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Robert Capa photograph of a people on shore observing a stranded ship

Object | Accession Number: 2005.594.5

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    Brief Narrative
    Photographic print by Robert Capa taken of the stranded cruiser, Altalena, offshore of Tel Aviv in July 1948. It depicts a long line of people on the beach observing a stranded ship. Passengers are abandoning the ship and there are many people visible on the ship and in the water. The photo was published as part of a photojournalistic essay: ‘‘Jews Fights Jews on the Beach of Tel Aviv."
    Artwork Title
    Irgun members and sympathizers watch swimmers abandon the Altalena
    depiction:  1948 July
    creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark Reichman
    back, blue ink, typed on attached paper : JEWS FIGHT JEWS ON THE BEACH OF TEL AVIV. (underlined) Pix by Rbt. Capa. "Magnum" (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 UNO's / truce H.Q. Under the first impact, Israel troops withdrew. Then / machine guns racked the beach. Artillery pounded the ship and she / caught fire. The attack was repulsed by the Israel troops.
    back, right side, black ink, stamped : 33033
    back, blue ink, typed on attached paper : 2. While the loudspeaker from the barge continues broadcasting / sympathisers and members of the Irgun infiltrate the beach area; / crowd round the railings, and in the water itself swimmers appear. / A man on a surfboat paddles over to the ship. Slowly the tension / mounts. aganah reinforcements arrive, and more and more members o / of the Irgun press the guards who are trying to cut off the approach / es to the beach.
    back, black ink, stamped : SEE / 17 Jul 1948 / ILLUSTRATED
    back, black ink, stamped : PROPERTY OF THE / PERIODICALS ART LIBRARY, / 191, HIGH HOLBURN, W.C.1. / MUST BE RETURNED UNDAMAGED (underlined)
    Photographer: Robert Capa

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Black and white photographic print of an outdoor scene shot from a distance. In the background is a cruiser stranded near the shore with a large expanse of ocean and horizon behind and to the right. There appear to be indistinct figures crowded on the upper deck. Along the shore line is a very long line of people looking toward the ship. In the middle ground is a stretch of beach, with trucks and a circular bandstand. On the verso are 3 adhered caption labels and stamps from his agency and a previous owner, and inscriptions in graphite and black and blue ink.
    overall: Height: 7.750 inches (19.685 cm) | Width: 7.500 inches (19.05 cm)
    overall : gelatin silver print, paper, adhesive, ink, graphite
    back, top left, pencil : 2 (encircled)
    back, top right, pencil : T1589
    back, bottom left, pencil : RC-36
    back, bottom right, pencil : 7 (with line through middle)
    back, right side, black ink, handwritten : /15.

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use

    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 11:22:06
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