United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Declaration of Independence for the State of Israel, 1948
The Art and Politics of Arthur Szyk
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[USHMM #93764/Dr. Samuel Halperin, Washington, D.C.;
Original dimensions: 16 11/16" x 12 1/8"]
Declaration of Independence for the State of Israel, 1948
Detail showing Moses, Aaron, and Hur Detail showing Ezekiel
In 1948, Szyk created this ornate illustration of Israel's declaration of independence. It incorporates both ancient and modern heroes, showing the figures of Moses, Aaron, and Hur as the watchguards of the nation's security against Amalek, the eternal enemy. Flanking the text are an Israeli soldier and a Zionist pioneer. At the bottom (left), Ezekiel points to the Declaration, symbolizing the fulfillment of his prophecy of Israel's return.


 
[Exhibition tour:
Declaration of Independence

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Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion reads the declaration of the state of Israel. Tel Aviv, May 14, 1948.
[USHMM/LC #69760/Central Zionist Archives]

Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion reads the declaration of the state of Israel at an official ceremony following the United Nations' partition of Palestine.

Tel Aviv, May 14, 1948.



 
At an exhibition, Arthur Szyk stands in front of his illustrated Declaration of Independence for the State of Israel.
[USHMM #N07586/Irvin Ungar through the Arthur Szyk Society]

At an exhibition, Arthur Szyk stands in front of his illustrated Declaration of Independence for the State of Israel.



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