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Robert Capa photograph of the ship Altalena, Israeli War for Independence

Object | Accession Number: 2005.594.6

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    Brief Narrative
    Photographic print by Robert Capa taken of the main bathing beach in Tel Aviv aof the stranded offshore cruiser, Altalena, in July 1948. It taken during the Israeli War for Independence from the rooftop of the United Nations observers station in the Hotel Kaethe Dan. The photo was published as part of a photojournalistic essay: ‘‘Jews Fights Jews on the Beach of Tel Aviv."
    Artwork Title
    United Nations observers view of the beach from the terrace of their Tel Aviv Headquarters
    depiction:  1948 July
    creation: Tel Aviv (Israel)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Mark Reichman
    top, black ink, stamped : 33033
    back, center, 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 Jewish organization, Irgun Zvei Leumi, / against the provisional Government of Israel was fought out on the / beaches of Tel Aviv against a 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, center, blue ink typed on attached paper : 1. U.N. Observers on the terrace of their Tel-Aviv H.Q, the (y overtyped by t) / Hotel Kaethe Dan, watching the landing barge "Atalena" which is / beached a few hundred yards away in the middle of the Tel-Aviv / main bathing beach. View of the ship which is absolutely quiet. / The Haganah guards empty and cordon the area around the beach, / and they are relaxing in deckchairs on the beach facing the ship. / In the foreground are the trucks of the U.N. and the radio station / which is manned by American crew. W hile the U.N. transmitter is feverishly working from then (backslash over n) the (crossed out) till then quiet ship, the loud- / speaker opens up, exhorting the people of Tel-Aviv and telling / them that they come with much needed arms for the under equipped / Jewish army.
    back, bottom, black ink, stamped : SEE / 17 JUL 1948 / ILLUSTRATED
    back, bottom, black ink. stamped, partially covered by blue paper : PROPERTY OF THE / LIBRARY / MUST BE RETURNED UNDAMAGED (underlined)
    Photographer: Robert Capa

    Physical Details

    Physical Description
    Black and white photographic print of an outdoor scene featuring a beach and an offshore cruiser shot from a hotel rooftop. In the background is a cruiser 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 are three observers and a few people are walking on the beach in the middle ground. There are several trucks in the left and a section of white picket fence in the center foreground. 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: 7.625 inches (19.368 cm) | Width: 7.500 inches (19.05 cm)
    overall : gelatin silver print, paper, adhesive, ink, graphite
    back, top, black ink, handwritten : /16
    back, top right, pencil : T1592
    back, bottom left, pencil : RC-43
    back, bottom right, pencil : 6.5

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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 11:22:06
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