Eastern Europe And Israel: 1956-1967. Item #1062
8vo 8" - 9" tall; 9¾” x 13”. Steel spiral-bound artist's sketchbook. 48 leaves with 99 black and white and 63 color photographs inserted into corner mounts. Photos measure from 2¾” x 4” to 5” x 7” and some are captioned either on the page or on photo verso. Album good: cover and several leaves detached, photos generally very good plus to near fine with several overexposed; lacking ten photos. A collection of photographs by a journalist with an eye for composition and a nose for action. Russ Braley was a reporter for over 40 years, and these photos were taken while he was the Germany correspondent for the New York Daily News. The album starts with four photos of the Hungarian revolution of 1956, all showing armed men during a respite in fighting. Braley also shows Hungary in other years with shots of the secret police, huge crowds at political rallies, street scenes, and a couple of Nikita Khruschev amidst adoring throngsThere are some pictures of Moscow in 1960 that include the subway and the Kremlin. Several show the Berlin Wall in 1962 and 1964 while others in East Berlin include street scenes and people dancing. Braley depicts Romania in 1966 with women planting flower beds in Bucharest, street scenes, and an excellent image of a woman swinging a pickaxe alongside men working on a railroad. About half the album is devoted to Israel starting with Eilat in May, 1967. More than one photo here has captions regarding “Beatniks” living in shanties on Eilat Beach before the war. Others show the inside of a restaurant, the desalinization plant, and some street scenes. At least 47 photos depict the Six-Day War. Braley joined another journalist, Shelby Scates, mid-war, going through the West Bank in a rented Ford given to Scates by Bill Mauldin. Scates recounts their time together in his War and Politics by Other Means: A Journalist's Memoir (University of Washington Press: 2015). They watched the invasion of Syria from the Kfar Blum kibbutz, ultimately getting caught in the crossfire: “Three grim looking farmers greeted us under the struggling shade trees at Kefar Blum. The other members of this commune were tucked away in bunkers. The first sounds, like an orchestra warming, were screams from three Israeli Mysteres, slashing down with bombs for Tel Azaziat, the Syrian fortification a few hundred feet above and several kilometers away from Kefar Blum. The Israeli column reached halfway to Tel Azaziat before the first Syria shells came down on or toward Kefar Blum. I dove for the slit trench. Braley and Austrian landed on top of me. The hour that followed was an unblended symphony of incoming shells—heavy artillery, light artillery, and mortars. They seemed to fall all about us, reaching for the nearby road and the Jordan River bridge apparently . . . Braley, veteran of our Pacific War, said, 'I never went through anything like this in the Philippines.' We jumped from the trench and ran toward the German Ford . . . I floorboarded the Ford, so we bounced over the shellpocked byroad, then sped over the highway to Tiberias. ”Images of the war show soldiers and a destroyed plane at Rafah, destruction at Tel Katzir, and men in trenches at Kfar Blum. Others show Israeli military vehicles on the way to Kfar Blum, helicopters in flight, and soldiers celebrating in Syria. There are also photos of the dead and wounded, prisoners in Syria, and Jordanian refugees at the Allenby bridge. An astounding mix of well composed imagery documenting war, culture and daily life in hotbeds of social and military conflict. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.