"BeGerush Kafrisin" â€“ Prints from the Internment
"Begerush Kafrisin", album with twenty six Linocuts portraying the life of She'erit HaPleita in the Cyprus internment camps, by art students, exiles in Cyprus, tutored by Naftali Bezem. Cyprus, [ca. 1948].
On the first leaf, a handwritten inscription was added: "this book was prepared by art students of the P. Rotenberg guides' seminary and was printed and bound by the students in 120 copies". A dedication from the P. Rotenberg seminary management also appears: "for Levy Schwartz, Ha'apala person, pictures from the way" (Shavu'ot, 1948).
The album opens with a short introduction (Linocut): "Cyprus is one stop on the road of suffering on the way to Eretz Israel. It means thorny barbed wire fences, forced idleness, and degeneration. Even in this existence there was life. Friends from the Camp in Cyprus tell about this life in this book". The Pinchas Rotenberg seminary was active in Cyprus internment camps, financed by the Joint, from mid 1947 through1949. The seminary founded schools in the camps, that taught numerous subjects. Staffs of teachers, of the best in Israel, arrived in Cyprus, including artists (Naftali Bezem, Ze'ev Ben-Zvi and others) who guided the various art workshops.
 Leaves, 49.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Original binding with an imprint - a Linocut. Foxing-marks, minor tears. Damages to binding.