Guide to the American League for a Free Palestine Records, 1946-1947

*I-278

Finding aid by Michael Montalbano as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany

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Machine-readable finding aid was encoded by Michael Montalbano in March 2013. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator:American League for a Free Palestine
Title:American League for a Free Palestine Records
Dates:1946-1947
Abstract:The American League for a Free Palestine was organized in 1944 to help with the creation of a Jewish state in Palestine. The collections consists of correspondence, financial statements, lists, pamphlets, fliers, advertisements, news clippings and other ephemera.
Languages:The collection is in English.
Quantity: 0.42 linear feet (1 manuscript box and 1 OS1 folder).
Identification:I-278
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Historical Note

American League for a Free Palestine (ALFP) was created in July 1944, by Peter H Bergson (formerly Hillel Kook), for the purpose of supporting and funding his Hebrew Committee of National Liberation in Palestine. The ALFP attracted Jewish and non-Jewish members from all occupations, but especially those in politics and entertainment. The ALFP’s most notable achievement was the work of award winning playwright and director Ben Hecht, a member of the league. Hecht wrote A Flag is Born to propagandize the cause by comparing the fight for a free Palestine against the British to the American Revolution. With money raised from the production of the play, the league purchased a boat for the aliyah of Holocaust survivors from France. The group dissolved in December 1948 as the goal of the league had been achieved.

Source: Kaplan, Erin. "A Rebel with a Cause: Hillel Kook, Begin and Jabotinsky’s Ideological Legacy." Israel Studies, Volume 10, Number 3, Fall 2005, pp. 87-103.

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Scope and Content Note

Collection documents the activities of the American League for a Free Palestine. Documentation consists of correspondence, financial statements, lists, pamphlets, fliers, advertisements, news clippings, ephemera, and an original copy of the script for A Flag is Born.

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Arrangement

This series has been arranged into a single series and the folders have been ordered according to folder title and chronology of their content.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Executive Director of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility. For more information, contact:

American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

The American Jewish Archives has some material related to the ALFP and the papers of Ben Hecht can be found at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Il.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); American League for a Free Palestine Records; I-278; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, New York, NY, and Boston, MA.

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

American League for a Free Palestine Records, 1946-1947

The series is in English.
0.25 linear feet (1 manuscript box and 1 OS1 Folder). Box 1, Folder 1 to Box 1, Folder 6 and OS1 (Shared box 2 of 4).
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Board List and Financial Statements 1946-1947
Box TitleDate
OS1 (Shared 2 of 4)   Advertisements - Broadslides 1946-1947
BoxFolderTitleDate
1 2 Correspondence 1947
1 3 Disclaimers by American Zionist Emergency Council, American Jewish Congress, and Jewish Agency for Palestine 1947
1 4 A Flag is Born - Script 1946
1 5 News Clippings 1946-1947
1 6 Pamphlets, Fliers, and other Ephemera 1946-1947
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