'Street of the Germans'

Stroll down Tel Aviv’s Rehov Ben-Yehuda and step back into a pre-state era whose colorful features are still imprinted on its buildings.

December 24, 2010 16:47
The former location of British pub 'Hamozeg'

Ben Yehuda street 521. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)


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After Hitler rose to power, Jews fled Europe en masse. Several hundred thousand of them immigrated to the Holy Land, including about 60,000 well-to-do Germans, most of them professionals. Although German immigrants made up only 20 percent of the newcomers, the German impact on Jewish life in Palestine was to be so enormous that this fifth wave of immigration has become known as the German Aliya.

Among other institutions, they established the first new baby clinics (Tipot Halav), the National Insurance Institute (Bituah Leumi), the Cameri Theater, Kupat Holim Maccabi and Assuta Hospital. They also brought kafe hafuch (cappuccino), apple pie with whipped cream, hot dogs and beer.


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