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April 22, 2020

Israel in the 1950s Through Amazing Color Pics

When the War of Independence ended, the newly founded State of Israel was home to 872,000 citizens. They included some 700,000 Jews and about 150,000 Moslems, Christians, and Druze.

For Israel, the 1950s were its formative years. It was a decade of concerted national effort to forge a state and nation like any other member of the family of nations. These were years of civil mobilization, mass aliyah, austerity, insecure borders, and hostile neighbors, as well as another war that ended in a victory that was seen as an expression of the young state’s strength and fortitude.

These amazing color pics from Kerst de Jong that show what Israel looked like in the 1950s.


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