ca. 1927-1929. Original photographs. Print sizes range from 4x2.5" to 6.5x4.5". This collection of original b/w photographs of the Betar movement seems to feature at least 4 different events ranging from 1927-1929. These events are all related to the celebration of the movement and/or the annual commemoration of the death of Joseph Trumpeldor at the Battle of Tel Hai in 1920, on the 11th of Adar (which involved a pilgrimage to the site).
The death of Joseph Trumpeldor was seen as an inspiration and a rallying cry for the Betar movement, which was created in his memory. The name Betar was a Hebrew acronym meaning "Covenant of Joseph Trumpeldor". The movement was started and originally lead by Trumpeldor's friend and compatriot Ze'ev Jabotinsky. The two men had be instrumental in the founding of the Jewish Legion during WWI, and had fought together during the war. Following Trumpeldor's death at the Battle of Tel Hai, a memorial site for him and other fallen Jews had been set up. In 1929 Jabotinsky wrote a now famous memorial poem to his friend. Later, the famous memorial monumental with the stone lion statue was erected in 1934.
All of these images show prominent members of the movement (including one showing Ze'ev Jabotinsky) in uniform, posing, in formation, marching and/or holding flags. Some of the versos of the photographs have notes in pencil or ink giving dates. One image has white lettering in Hebrew on the image side.
We believe the groups of images can be broken down be events as follows, although the dating of all the photos can't be certain:
1. 1927, Tel Aviv (3 images)
These images show Betar members in in uniform marching, on horseback and holding flags in the streets of Tel Aviv.
2. 1928, month of Adar, Tel Hai Commemoration (2 images)
Betar members posing at the Tel Hai courtyard and at the gravesite.
3. 1928, Shimchat Torah, Tel Aviv (5 images)
Posed photos of Betar members in uniform, including one photo with Jabotinsky, in his now trademark suit, at the center of the image.
4. 1929, Tel Hai Commemoration (8 images)
Bertar members in uniform, at the Tel Hai courtyard (with parked cars in the background) posed in a large crowd, marching up the hill to the gravesite and posing at the gravesite with flags and wreaths. There are three duplicate image from the 1929 group, with of those being an enlargement of another photo from that group.
*An additional image is a b/w undated photo postcard, probably shot sometime it the early 1930s, showing a group of young Betar members posed in a studio shot taken in Stryj, Poland (now Stryi, Ukraine). Blindstamp of the "Fot. Kordyan" photo studio on the bottom right corner of the image.
Some images with light scratches, stains and/or creases. Photographs in good+ to near fine condition overall. g+ to near fine. Item #45755