Israeli history photo of the week: Rachel’s Tomb

11.11.2011                      14.Cheschwan. 5772

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Israeli history photo of the week: Rachel's Tomb

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

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.
Tens of thousands of Jews – mostly women – are expected to visit Rachel's Tomb tonight and tomorrow. The burial site, located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, has been venerated by Jews for centuries….