Rebirth of a nation

This disc gathers recordings and documents related to the creation of the state of Israel

Rebirth of a nation

This 33 RPM disc, with a preface written by Joseph Kessel, of the French Academy and illustrated by Marc Chagall, was released for the 25th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel.

Its booklet, richly documented, comprises historical photographies as well as the original texts of the declarations of David Ben Gourion, Golda Meir, Asher Ben Natan, and the messages of Jacob Kaplan, Great Rabbi of France, René Cassin, Peace Nobel Prize...

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This disc gathers the following audio testimonies :

- The original recording of the vote session of the U.N.O., on the 29th of November 1947, which led to the creation of the state of Israel
- The proclamation of Independance given byDavid Ben Gourion, on the 14th of May 1948
- The message of Golda Meir (Israel’s first minister)
- The déclaration of Asher Ben Natan (ambassador of Israel in Paris)

- The national anthem of Israel « Hatikvah », sung by the members of the National Council
- The song « Yerushalaïm Shel Zahav » (Jerusalem of gold) by Naomi Shemer, performed by the Choir of the Great Synagogue of Paris.



The dream of a Jewish state started in 1897, in Basel in Switzerland with the first zionist congress led by Theodore Herzl.
Herzl will later say, about the congress : « in Basel, I founded the Jewish state … if you want, it won’t be just a dream. »

After the Balfour declaration, in 1917, in which the first English foreign affairs minister, Lord Arthur James Balfour, acknowledges the right of the Jewish people to have a national home in Palestine, the League of Nations establishes in 1922 the British mandate.
This mandate aims to settle in Palestine a « national home for the Jewish people » on the base of a historical link between the Jewish people and Palestine.

Two years after the second world war where six million Jews were killed, the United Nations Organisation (U.N.O) votes, on the 29th of Novembre 1947, the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine, along with 33 countries.

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The 14th of May 1948, the Israeli first minister, David Ben Gourion proclames the independance of the State of Israel.

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Listen to the radio broadcast on Hatikvah, hosted by Hervé Roten

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  • Proclamation d’Indépendance prononcée par Mr David Ben Gourion, le 14 mai 1948

  • Discours de Mme Golda Meir (premier ministre d’Israël)

  • Yeroushalaïm Shel Zahav - Choeur de la Grande Synagogue de Paris

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