Wonderful, beautiful, inspiring images of Jews as survivors, not victims *UPDATED*

It’s very natural, given what happened to the Jews at Nazi (and Communist and Muslim) hands in just the last 75 years to think of them as victims.  But they’re not.  They’re survivors, and fighters, and people who have created one of the most stable, dynamic, free, creative, prosperous nations in the world.  PopChassid has assembled 20 amazing photographs showing the fierce will to live — before, during, and after WWII — that burns in Jews.

Let me throw in a few wonderful photos to add to that narrative.  

As early as 1930, Tel Aviv was a beautiful, cosmopolitan city:

Ben Jehuda Road 1930

Vibrant young settlers on a kibbutz, late 1930s/early 1940s:

Kibbutzniks 1930s

Exhausted, but still jubilant Israeli soldiers at the Western Wall in 1967, after having liberated it from Arab control (which denied Jews all access to Jerusalem’s Holy Sites):


In a Middle Eastern region distinguished by frequently sadistic, and always demoralizing, misogyny, this is a picture of some candidates in the Israeli Defense Force’s Officer Course for Infantry Command:


Of course, there’s nothing new about that. The Haganah already had women in the armed forces in 1948:

In a Middle Eastern region in which gays are routinely tortured, sodomized, whipped, and hanged, Israel has a dynamic gay community, which celebrates with an annual pride parade. Gay Muslims from all over the Middle East try to sneak into Israel to live without fear:


If you have images you like, let me know. I’m not a terribly visual person (words are my thing), so I don’t always know where or how to look for the best images.

UPDATES FROM SADIE:  Enjoying folk dances every Saturday at Haifa Beach:

Dancing at Haifa Beach

The Haifa International Flower Show in 2012:

Haifa International Flower Show 2012

Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem:

Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem 5

Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem 4

Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem 3

Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem 2

Mahane Yehuda Market Jerusalem 1

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Search engines usually have image depositories. But that’s as far as I can go on that matter.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    So what about Krav Maga, Book. Shouldn’t that be something California has for people who like Israeli roots?

  • Danny Lemieux

    Very nice, Book. I have never been to Israel but hope to get there soon. I recall Michael Medved saying that one of the things that strikes you about Israel is that everything is so functionally “normal”. 

  • Murray Lawrence

    Dear Book or anyone else who can help: I have some family photos  of construction sites in Tel Aviv in the mid-1920s. How can I send them to bookworm room?

    • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

      Probably her email.

    • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

      Murray Lawrence: Those sound like valuable historic artifacts. I would suggest that you scan them is that they cannot get lost. If you have a few, you or a friend can do them easily on a printer/scanner. If that’s not possible, or there are too many, I recommend a professional photo-to-digital company such. We’ve used ScanDigital for our family photos and have been very happy with their service.

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