Picture from the open exhibition at the Abraham Garden, an exhibition commemorating the history of the city of Ramat Gan.
The exhibition is located on the wall of the amphitheater, in the Abraham Garden.
In the next photo taken that day, the exhibit is displayed and topped by Shlomo Katzs Sgraffito Click for a larger image Translation of the text on the sign
Ramat Gan city symbol The Matkal
A few hours before the start of the declaration of independence ceremony held on Friday, May 14, 1948, at the Tel Aviv Museum on Rothschild Boulevard, it was decided to move the General Staff from the "Red House" on Hayarkon Street in Tel Aviv to Ramat Gan.
Ben-Gurion turned to Avraham Krinitzi, the head of the council, and asked to evacuate about 50 apartments of residents living on the "mountain" (Gan Avraham), in order to house the IDF General Staff and its affiliates. Krinitzi immediately joined. He understood the magnitude of the hour and the fate of the hour - the existence of an entire state in a state of war. to be or not to be? It was much more than a question mark.
Later, Chief of Staff Yaakov Dori explained: "We needed a new and unknown place. A place that is central, dominates a network of roads, communication and adequate living areas. We trusted Krinitzi, a member of the Haganah, a man of action and decisive who will give us any help we need. "
On the night of May 18 the General Staff was transferred and ascended the mountain; His offices, administration, equipment, senior and junior commanders, chief of staff, deputies and senior policy makers - Israel Galili, Levi Eshkol and of course the prime minister - David Ben-Gurion.
On June 27, 1948, at the foot of the water tower, the swearing-in ceremony of the General Staff of the IDF was held. Everyone who was present knew that the road to the end of the war was still long and full of many obstacles. The victory over the Arab states in the War of Independence paved the way for the establishment of a free and liberated state in the country.
In May 1949, the last General Staff activists left Gan Avraham and settled in the Kirya in Tel Aviv.
Top photo: The inauguration ceremony of the IDF High Command General Staff Camp in the courtyard of Beit Bejarano, in the Gan Avraham compound, June 27, 1948, Standing (right): Israel Amir, Mordechai Shumacher, Mordechai Maklef, Mishael Shaham, Gershon Zak, Michael Ben-Gal, Uri Yaffe, Yitzhak Sadeh, Moshe Carmel, Shimon Avidan, Moshe Tzadok, Dan Even, Shlomo Shamir, David Shaltiel. Seated (right): Yigal Alon, Yohanan Ratner, Israel Galili, Paula and David Ben-Gurion, Levi Eshkol, Yosef Jacobson, Zvi Ayalon, Yosef Avidar. On the grass (right): Eliyahu Ben Hur, Yigal Yadin, Nehemiah Argov, Ezekiel Sahar, Shalom Eshet.
In the small picture: the swearing-i
n of the General Staff commanders, the photographs from, "History of the General Staff Camp 1948-1955, Dr. Nir Man, 2006.
Ramat Gan City House