For thus saith the LORD of hosts;
After the glory hath he sent me
unto the nations which spoiled you:
for he that toucheth you
toucheth the apple of his eye.
ISRAEL THROUGH MY LENS
The modern State of Israel has had an amazing history, from fighting for its life in 1948 against a multi-Arab attack to developing a once-barren desert into a peaceful, beautiful country. David Rubinger, an Israeli photojournalist, documented Israel's history of the last 63 years through his job. He talks about some of the historic moments he was able to capture on film.
Rubinger was born an only child in Vienna, Austria in 1924. When he was in high school, Nazi Germany annexed Austria in the Anschluss and with the help of Youth Aliyah, he escaped to Palestine via Italy and settled in a Jordan Valley kibbutz. His father had already fled to England, but his mother died in the Holocaust. He served with the Jewish Brigade of the British Army in World War II. While on leave in Paris, a French girlfriend gave him a camera as a present, and he discovered he enjoyed photography. He took his first professional photo of Jewish youths climbing a British tank to celebrate the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, creating the Israeli state.
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