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Submitted by Robyn Dryen

Information Picture Question
Category: Do you recognize?
Approval Date: 9/28/2014 3:41 PM
Family Surname:
Country: Poland
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Does anyone recognise this badge? What group does it belong to? It was found in a town in Poland.

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9/28/2014 7:43 PM This looks like the coastline of Northern Israel with the Jordan river heading south to the Kinneret and then to the Dead sea.
9/28/2014 9:56 PM Hello Robyn,

Although I do not know what they stand for, the two Hebrew letters near the top are Yud and Alef. Someone else may have an answer to this....Jo
9/29/2014 2:42 AM Wow, it IS the map of Israel. Could thel letters Alef-Yod mean Eretz Israel?
9/30/2014 1:19 AM I do not think the Yud Aleph means Eretz Israel since this would rather be Aleph Yud (reversed order to what appears on the pin). The first association I have is the Yud Aleph which means the number 11 and might refer to the 11 in Adar 1920 when Joseph Trumpeldor and seven companions were killed in Tel Hai. And that might lead to Beitar group. Do you know the approximate age of the pin?
9/30/2014 1:30 AM I showed it to my coworkers here in Israel and the association was also with Tel Hai. That doesn't say which organization, necessarily, because apparently 11 Adar was generally marked and any number of groups could have made this.
9/30/2014 1:56 AM As Hebrew reads from right to left, it is Yod and Alef, which in numerology makes 11. Which – to any ISraeli – brings up the date of Yod-Alef be’Adar (11th of Adar) 1920, date of murder of Yosef Trumpeldor and his comrades in Tel Hay. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Trumpeldor). Now, Trumpeldor was a friend and comrade of Ze’ev jabotinsky and the movement of Be’tar – of which jabotinsky was the Chair and leader, is named after Trumpelodr, Betar being an acronym for "Covenant [Brit] Yoseph Trumpeldor"). Moreover, the map is not that of the actual interwar Eretz Israel - it is, in fact, Betar’s ideal Eretz Yisrael, containing “both banks of the Jordan river”, as goes their anthem (written by none else than Jabotinski.). All in all, then, I would suggest that this is a Betar pin dating the interwar period. You might try and send this photo to the jabotinsky institute in Israel (http://www.jabotinsky.org/site/content/t2.asp?Sid=9&Pid=120) and ask them for identification. Which town was it found in an where ?
Best regards
Rivka Schirman (née Moscisker)

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