You Tubes: the declaration of the State of Israel
Newsreel from May 14 1948.
clip of Ben Gurion announcing the state of Israel—with English. No video.
this has subtitles but seems to cut off –towards the end of the reading of the Proclamation.
Cast a Giant Shadow — a Hollywood reenactment.
How many movie stars can you identify? [this youtube appears to be taken down. The whole movie is available online though. SO fr I have only found the very last piece of the clip I wanted to show here.
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[this clip does not have great quality (I had to make the display smaller than usual to see it in sufficient clarity)-if you can find the same thing in better resolution please advise!].
The portion I most suggest seeing is minute 2:44 through 8:00.
If the preceding does not work: try this instead:
(I think I know why this doesn’t work also, but have not been able to solve it completely).
Here is the link to a Hulu version–the scenes I had in mind begin around minute 80 (1:20). Sorry about the ads.
There are a few historical inaccuracies: Ben Gurion read the Declaration, which did not include most of the speech given in the film, but did include a version of the last line of the speech, although this was in the middle of the Declaration, not at its end. And no telegram was read out as was done in the film.
The Cast a Giant Shadow actors assembled on the stage bear an almost uncanny resemblance to the actual people who were there–although it is strange that one of the most well-known persons present at the Proclamation is not represented at all–a woman who lived for a time in Milwaukee and Denver, and had visited the US frequently on behalf of the Jews of Palestine. Who is it?
You can judge how accurately Hollywood portrayed the English translation. The actors clearly do not know the words of HaTikvah (the Hymn of the Zionist movement), (which would not have been the case among the actual people at the Tel Aviv Museum that afternoon of course).
At least one of the actors should have been able to sing it–would have been a nice touch. Who? (Hint: this actor–who did not have a singing role in the film–was known for his singing as well as his acting. He also supported Israel, donated a building at Hebrew University and supported other Jerusalem projects, and is said to have played a small role in the actual funding the provision of armaments depicted in the film).
The orchestra assembled for the event reflects history: the organizers of the event made sure to have an orchestra there; it may even have been larger than the one put together for the film. And the dancing the evening after the proclamation is probably as historic a reenactment as you can find–there was dancing on May 14 and on Nov. 29. The movie’s composer, Elmer Bernstein, hired the Zemel Chorus of London to do the vocals. Bernstein composed most of the vocals, even the ones that sound like authentic Israeli songs from the era. But– not only Hatikvah but the music playing over the dance just following were authentic. (a version of a Russian folksong popular in Israel). The clip is supposed to stop a few seconds after the dancing scene, but I am not sure it will in all browsers.
A few days after the partition resolution of Nov. 29 1947:
– not sure that the narration is all original newsreel.