Israel's History in Pictures: More Photos by the Narinsky's

More pictures by the couple who captured various people and sites in the early 20th century.

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Lenny Ben David,

Bedouin 1921
Bedouin 1921
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Amazing photos by the Narinsky's - Jewish photographers exiled from Israel and swept up by the Nazis, only to return after the war.

The picture on the main page and to the right is called a "Bedouin in His Happy Mood", Library of Congress, 1921.

"A Vernomito (Yemenite) Jew in Jerusalem"
 (Library of Congress, 1921) See also "A
Spanish Jew of Jerusalem"

Above is the full photograph of a"A Bedouin in His Happy Mood,"
(Library of Congress, 1921)

We first introduced our readers to the Narinskys' photographs in a previous article.

Last week we were contacted by Laurent Phillippe who introduced us to his Jewish post card blog which contains more photos taken by the Narinsky's.  We're happy to present them here and to encourage readers to visit Phillippe's site.

Jewish woman (Phillippe collection, 1921)

To recap, Shlomo Narinsky was born in the Ukraine in 1885 and studied art in Moscow,Paris and Berlin before moving to Palestine where he set up a studio.  In 1916, Shlomo and his wife were exiled to Egypt by the Turkish rulers.  They returned to the Land of Israel after the British captured the territory in 1918.

In 1932, the Narinskys opened a studio in Paris, but Shlomo was arrested when the Nazis captured France. He was later exchanged for a German spy caught in Palestine after the intercession of David Ben-Gurion and Yitzchak Ben-Zvi. The Narinskys returned to Israel, eventually moving to Haifa where Shlomo taught as a photography teacher.  He died in 1960, relatively unknown.

Laurent Phillippe's collection also includes many vintage postcards/photographs of Jewish life a century ago in North Africa and Europe.

Jewish village of Yavniel established in the Galilee in 1901  (Phillippe collection, 1921)


Beneath Mt.Tabor in the Galilee (Phillippe collection, 1921)