Rescued treasure

Rescued treasure

When we picture important historical milestones in early 20th century Jewish history, we often see them in black and white, thanks in no small part to the photography and films of the time (and, of course, “Schindler’s List”).

But now, we can see Israel’s earliest days — arguably the most important event in recent Jewish history — in color. In 1947, an American named Fred Monosson arrived in Israel with a brand new color movie camera. The film he shot of newborn Israel went unknown until recently, when his son discovered a reel stored and forgotten in the attic. There is currently no other color film known to exist from the era.

Check out Israel in color; you just may be able to stop thinking in black and white.

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