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Photographs from the Machal/Aliyah Bet Exhibition Opening

American Jewish Historical Society Opens Machal & Aliyah Bet Exhibition to honor North American Volunteers who fought in Israel‘s War of Independence (1947-1949)

More than 250 guests, including 20 veterans, attended the opening of the American Jewish Historical Society‘s (AJHS) new exhibition, Heroes from Abroad: The Machal — Aliyah Bet Legacy, on view at the Center for Jewish History in New York City through December, 2011. The exhibition tells the little-known story of "Machal," Hebrew acronym for the "volunteers from abroad" who fought in Israel‘s War of Independence in 1947-1949 and seamen of Aliyah Bet who transported Displaced Persons toward Palestine from 1946-1948. Nearly 1500 North American men and women, as well as volunteers from other countries, participated in this effort. Forty-one perished.

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Ralph and Bronia Lowenstein The Gold Family Sandra and Norman Liss

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Ralph and Bronia Lowenstein
The Gold Family
Sandra and Norman Liss

Duke Labaczewski Deborah Dash Moore, Ralph Lowenstein, Sam Klausner, Derek Penslar

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Duke Labaczewski
Deborah Dash Moore, Ralph Lowenstein, Sam Klausner, Derek Penslar

Ralph Lowenstein with Linda and Norton Rosensweig Deborah Dash Moore, Sam Klausner, Derek Penslar, Ralph Lowenstein, Si Spiegelman and Jonathan Karp Rose Hanovice and daughter Tammy

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Ralph Lowenstein with Linda and Norton Rosensweig
Deborah Dash Moore, Sam Klausner, Derek Penslar, Ralph Lowenstein, Si Spiegelman and Jonathan Karp
Rose Hanovice and daughter Tammy

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