The Passport of Zionist Leader Vladimir Jabotinsky

The Passport of Zionist Leader Vladimir Jabotinsky

Zeev Jabotinsky was born Vladimir Yevgenyevich Zhabotinsky on October 18, 1880, in Odessa. In his lifetime, he was an author, poet, and soldier. He was mostly known for founding the Jewish Self Defense Organization in Odessa and starting Zionist Revisionism. He also co-founded the Jewish Legion of the British Army during World War I, and he was also a founder of Beitar, HaTzhohar, and the Irgun, in then Palestine. He was ordained a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1919. Sometime before the Kishinev pogrom, Jabotinsky joined the Zionist movement and created the Jewish Self Defense Organization with more pogroms being sensed for the future. The goal was to safeguard the Jewish communities of Russia. At this time, he learned Hebrew and abandoned his name Vladimir to become Zeev. Self-defense and gun ownership was his main goals for the Jewish population of Russia. In 1903, he was elected as the Russian delegate to the Sixth Zionist Congress, eventually replacing Herzl after his passing. During World War I, he led the Jewish legion with Joseph Trumpeldor. In 1920 Jabotinsky organized and led a Jewish self-defense movement (Haganah) against the Arabs in Palestine. The British, who then ruled the country, sentenced him to 15 years at hard labor, but this action provoked such an outcry that he was soon reprieved. He was then elected to the First Assembly of Representatives in Palestine. He founded Keren haYesod, becoming its director of propaganda to leave the mainstream Zionist movement to create Betar in 1923. The main objective was establishing a Jewish State in then Palestine with the help of the British. In the 1930s, he became deeply concerned with Anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and prepared an evacuation plan for Jews to immigrate to Palestine. Jabotinsky passed away of a heart attack in NYC in 1940 and was buried in New Montefiore Cemetery. He was re-interred on Mount Herzl in 1964 along with his wife. Zionist Leader Vladimir Jabotinsky

His Austrian Alien passport was issued in Vienna on 30 May 1924 and valid for only 15 days for traveling to Czechoslovakia, Germany, and France. We can see a German and French transit visa and a few other stamps. His profession is the document is given as journalist.

The passport will be auctioned in the USA next month by J. Greenstein & Co., Inc. with a starting price of $20.000 (Estimate $25-30.000) plus a premium of 25%. Given that in 2017 his French ID-card reached the same price, his passport may be sold.

Zionism, a Jewish nationalist movement that has had its goal to create and support a Jewish national state in Palestine, the ancient homeland of the Jews (Hebrew: Eretz Yisraʾel, “the Land of Israel”). Though Zionism originated in eastern and central Europe in the latter part of the 19th century, it is in many ways a continuation of the ancient attachment of the Jews and the Jewish religion to the historical region of Palestine, where one of the hills of ancient Jerusalem was called Zion. Zionist Leader Vladimir Jabotinsky

Haganah (Hebrew: “Defense”), a Zionist military organization representing the majority of the Jews in Palestine from 1920 to 1948. Organized to combat the revolts of Palestinian Arabs against Palestine’s Jewish settlement, it early came under the Histadrut’s influence (“General Federation of Labour”). Although it was outlawed by the British Mandatory authorities and was poorly armed, it effectively defended Jewish settlements. Zionist Leader Vladimir Jabotinsky

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