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The 18 Most Iconic Jewish Photos Ever Taken

Shalom Life compiles a list of the most iconic photos of Jewish life

By: David Shear

Published: July 10th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

The 18 Most Iconic Jewish Photos Ever Taken

It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

Shalom Life recently searched the virtual darkrooms of photographers across the globe in a quest to find, and provide to you, 18 of the most iconic, timeless, and relevant Jewish-themed photos. Whether these famous photos are the representation of events of historical significance, political importance, watershed moments or just plain, good old fun, sit back, relax and enjoy these precious 18,000 words of Jewish life!


The Declaration of the State of Israel

David Ben-Gurion (First Prime Minister of Israel) publicly pronouncing the Declaration of the State of Israel, May 14 1948, Tel Aviv, Israel, beneath a large portrait of Theodor Herzl, founder of modern political Zionism, in the old Tel Aviv Museum of Art building on Rothshild St. The exhibit hall and the scroll, which was not yet finished, were prepared by Otte Wallish.

Who is This Child? - Robert Capa


Who is this child? The photo was taken in 'Palestine' by the famous Hungarian- Jewish photographer Robert Capa in 1949. Is she an Arab girl? In fact the little girl is a Jewish refugee from an Arab country who had just arrived in Israel.

Liberation From the Death Train - Major Benjamin


Jewish prisoners at the moment of their liberation from an internment camp "death train" near the Elbe in 1945.

Jewish Services at a Nazi Home

American servicemen conducting Jewish services in the former home of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, the first such within that part of Germany in years. Munchengladbach, Germany - March 18, 1945.

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