Thursday, August 09, 2007

Return To Zion In Compession

Star of David artPhoto of Stars of David on a bookplate by E.M. Lilien made for Dr. Hellmann is courtesy of bookplates collector Bob Weinberg
The Hebrew letters are from the Amidah (18 blessings):
may our eyes behold you return to Zion in compession

We see an old bent Jew sitting in the barbed wire which stands for the Diaspora while an angel points at a Hebrew peasant cultivating the land of Israel.
The same illustration with the words the fifth congress of Zionists in Bazel is maybe the most famous illustration Lilien ever made.

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