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American League for a Free Palestine Records

 Collection
Identifier: I-278

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.

Dates

  • 1946-1947

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

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: info@ajhs.org

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.

Extent

0.42 Linear Feet (6 folders in a shared box plus 1 OS1 folder)

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.

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.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

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.
Title
Guide to the American League for a Free Palestine Records, 1946-1947 *I-278
Status
In Progress
Author
Finding aid by Michael Montalbano as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany
Date
© 2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

Contact:
15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States