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Zionist Extremism – Gilgil Internment Camp in Kenya

Group of items printed and written by a member of the Lehi (Stern Gang), at a prisoner camp in Africa.

Gilgil internment camp in Kenya and Asmara detention camp in Eritrea, 1947–48. Hebrew and some Yiddish. Varying size and formats; condition overall good or better.

Group of twenty-seven items formerly owned by Moshe Mariel (Marienberg), a member of the Lehi (Stern Gang), who was imprisoned by the British authorities in internment camps in Africa. All items were written and printed at the Gilgil Internment Camp in Kenya (one item stems from the Asmara detention camp in Eritrea).

The collection includes:

1. Two notebooks containing handwritten poems by the deportees, some of them worded in decidedly harsh language: "Dozens will the grenade tear apart, and the Katyusha will mow down the masses, and [only then] shall we be satisfied" (from "Song of Praise to the Lehi")

2. A letter sent by Moshe Mariel to his family after the establishment of the State of Israel: "We watched a newsreel showing the State of Israel at the time of the conquest of Akko, the battles in the Negev, the bombing of Tel Aviv, the election of Ben-Gurion as prime minister; I don't know of any living author who can express the feelings of the boys while watching the newsreel" (June 1948).

3. Two printed programs for plays performed at the "Bamateinu" ("Our Stage") theater in the Gilgil internment camp (1948).

4. Printed discharge slip issued to Mariel upon his release, along with the last of the deportees, from the Gilgil camp on July 5, 1948 (marked with the inked stamp of the administration and dated "Eve of the liquidation of the deportee camp").

5. In addition, several letters sent to Mariel by members of his family and by acquaintances of his during his internment; original envelopes; a photograph of Etzel (Irgun Tzva'i Le'umi) and Lehi deportees at the Asmara detention camp (Eritrea), and more.

Moshe Mariel (Marienberg, born in 1926), joined the Irgun Zionist paramilitary organization (Irgun Tzva'i Le'umi, or IZL), and subsequently joined the Lehi (Stern Gang) after the latter broke off from IZL. He enlisted in the British Army and served as a military driver, using his connections to smuggle firearms to Jewish underground fighters. After being discharged, he became a civilian driver in the service of the British Army. He was accused by the British authorities of taking part in the Lehi's bombing of the Sarafand (today Tzrifin) Camp, in which forty British soldiers and officers were killed (December 1946), after which he was arrested and sent to Latrun Station. From there he was sent to the Sambal camp near Asmara, Eritrea, and subsequently to the Gilgil camp in Kenya. With his return to what was now the newborn State of Israel in July 1948, he enlisted in the IDF and fought in the War of Independence, serving in the 89th Battalion of the 8th Brigade. He was severely wounded in the fighting.

Book ID: 52223

Price: $1,250.00