Geva Newsreel 375, 1966

A Cornerstone Laying Ceremony for a New Wing of the Israel Museum Attended by Axel Springer

1 Minute, 1966
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Directed by: Unknown
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A cornerstone laying ceremony for the Archeology and Art Library wing of the Israel Museum is held, with the donation of the German publisher and media proprietor Axel Springer. Springer arrives to Israel to attend the Cornerstone Laying ceremony at the Israel Museum, after donating 900,000 dollars to build the Library wing, as well as a reading room and auditorium. The ceremony is attended by Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, Axel Springer, German Ambassador to Israel Rolf Pauls (West Germanys first ambassador of to Israel), and members of the Israeli Foreign Ministry and representatives of the Israel Museum. Also seen in the ceremony are Willem Sandberg, the renowned Dutch curator, director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, who is an advisor to the Israel Museum (and was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1968), and the director of the Israeli Education Ministry, Hanoch Rinott. The event is held in a modest fashion, probably due to the public sensitivity of Israeli-German relations at the time. Axel Springer delivers a speech, and the scroll is embedded in the buildings cornerstone.

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