Israeli history photo of the week: The Mount of Olives

JPost special feature: A Library of Congress collection of photographs that document Israel prior to 1948.

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February 23, 2012 15:40
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Mt of Olives

Mt of Olives . (photo credit: American Colony-Jerusalem-Photo Dept.)

 
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The Library of Congress has recently digitalized a collection of over 10,000 photographs, taken by the "American Colony" in Jerusalem, a group of Christian utopians who lived in Jerusalem between 1881 and the 1940s. The photographers returned to the US, and bequeathed their massive collection to the Library of Congress in 1978. The collection includes Winston Churchill's visit to Jerusalem, Jewish expulsions from the Old City during Arab riots, and the building of Tel Aviv.

An estimated 150,000 Jews have been buried on the Mount of Olives over the last 3,000 years, opposite the Golden Gate of the city and the Temple Mount.   The ancient cemetery was favored by the devout as their burial site in anticipation of the eschatological resurrection of the dead.

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