Geva Newsreel 009, 1952

Death of the First President of Israel Chaim Weizmann

10 Minutes, 1952
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Directed by: Unknown
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

After the death of the first President of Israel Chaim Weizmann, flags are at half-mast at The National Institutions House, foreign embassies, and private houses in Israel. In the cities, citizens observe pictures of the deceased, displayed at shops show windows. At the garden of Weizmanns house in Rehovot, an honor guard stands by his coffin. Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Yigael Yadin, former Minister of Internal Affairs Yitzhak Gruenbaum, Minister of Labor Golda Meyerson, and myriads of residents come to view the lying in state and place wreaths by the casket. Archive footage documents the deceased in the opening ceremony of the Hebrew University, escorting Arthur Balfour during his trip to Palestine, hosting delegates of the World Jewish Congress at a garden party at his house, inaugurated as President of Israel, watches a military parade on Israels Independence Day, and receiving credentials of foreign diplomats. Ahead of his funeral, his son Binyamin lands in Israel and is welcomed by the deceaseds nephew, Israeli Air Force pilot Ezer Weizmann. The next day, the funeral takes place. Chief Military Rabbi Colonel Shlomo Goren and other rabbis sanctify the burial plot. Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, Acting President of Israel Yosef Sprinzak, Minister of Defense Pinchas Lavon, Minister of Finance Levi Eshkol, and Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog march in the funeral procession. A gun salute is performed at the burial plot, and a siren sounds throughout the cities of Israel. Finally, the widow Vera places a wreath on the grave.

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