Israeli history photo of the week: Holy Land Quake, 1927

JPost special feature: A Library of Congress collection of photographs that document Israel before the creation of the state.

gallery 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
gallery 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
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.This week's selection of photographs showcases a powerful earthquake that struck the Holy Land eighty four years ago, on July 11, 1927.  With its epicenter located in the northern Dead Sea area, the towns of Jericho, Jerusalem, Nablus and Tiberias were badly hit.  An estimated 500 people were killed in those locations.More photos can be viewed at