|Laying the Hebrew University foundation stone, 1918|
[Many of the photographs and negatives of the American Colony collection were deteriorating when the Library digitalized them, and the images were preserved. Some of the photographs presented here show the deterioration and decay.]
The first photograph commemorates the laying of the foundation stone of the Hebrew University on July 24, 1918, just eight months after British forces captured Jerusalem in a major and bloody campaign.
|Churchill and rabbis|
Balfour addressing the crowd with
the Judean Desert behind him
In the picture (right) Balfour is speaking, Weizmann is behind him on the right and the chief rabbis are behind him on the left.. Another historic picture of the event can be found here. The speaker is British High Commissioner Herbert Samuel.
|University Opening, from left to right: Lord Balfour|
at the podium, next to him British High Commissioner
Herbert Samuel, University Chancellor Judah Magnes,
and Chaim Weizman
|Foreign delegates to the university|
opening, including Balfour and Samuel
|Preparing the Hebew University|
amphitheater for the opening, 1925