“Writing Palestine 1933-1950: Dorothy Kahn Bar-Adon” by Dorothy Kahn Bar-Adon— As It was

Bar-Adon, Dorothy Kahn, edited by Esther Carmel-Hakim and Nancy Rosenfeld. “Writing Palestine 1933-1950: Dorothy Kahn Bar-Adon”, Academic Studies Press, 2016.

As It Was

Amos Lassen

Dorothy Kahn Bar-Adon immigrated to Palestine from America, she was reported for “The Palestine Post” and later for “The Jerusalem Post”. She also freelanced for periodicals in Palestine and abroad writing about life in towns, on kibbutzim and in Arab communities of Mandatory Palestine during this period of World War and armed conflicts between Arabs and Jews. She also wrote about the immigration to Israel of Holocaust survivors. She has been dead for almost 60 years and now an edited collection of Bar-Adon’s writing gives us a look at daily life in the Jewish and Arab communities of pre-State Israel, and of the burning issues of the day.

We are taken back to seventeen (1933-1950) of the most eventful years in the history of the Middle East. Dorothy Kahn Bar-Adon takes the reader back to the seventeen most eventful years (1933 – 1950) in Mandatory Palestine and the beginning of the Jewish state. She wrote extensively about everyday life concerning all its aspects. Editors Esther Carmel–Hakim and Nancy Rosenfeld collected documents from Bar-Adon’s private unknown archive and from the papers she wrote for.

This is a new primary source in English and these articles that were thought to be lost form a memoir leading up to and including the birth of the State of Israel. They help us to understand why American Jews were drawn to Israel and Zionism.

 

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