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DYR Archives Donated to the Palestine Museum US

Posted on July 28th, 2018 at 8:10 pm by

July 27, 2018


Contact: Daniel McGowan (Email)
Telephone: 315-789-3524

On Sunday, July 29th, 26 boxes of historical material from the archives of Deir Yassin Remembered in Geneva, New York will be transported to their new home in the Palestine Museum US in Woodbridge, Connecticut.

The archives include books, maps, photographs, audio and video recordings, and documents related to the Deir Yassin massacre and to 25 years of work to build a memorial at the site of Deir Yassin on the west side of Jerusalem, close to the most famous Holocaust memorial at Yad Vashem.

They include rare books from the collection of Mufid Nashashibi and the co-founder of Deir Yassin Remembered, Issam Nashashibi. Many were written by Jewish authors, both Zionists and anti-Zionists. Others were written by distinguished authors who have also served on the DYR Board of Advisers, including Edward Said, Hanan Ashrawi, Norman Finkelstein, Israel Shamir, Paul Findley, Ilan Pappe, and Salma Jayyusi.

There are historical maps, video lectures, and audio recordings of eyewitnesses to the massacre, which took place on April 9, 1948. There is an original letter by Albert Einstein written on April 10, 1948 condemning the Jewish gangs that perpetrated the massacre the previous day. There are recordings of large commemorations DYR has held over the years in London, Jerusalem, Sidney, and Kuala Lumpur.

In 2004 the DYR archives were housed at the Warren Hunting Smith Library at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, New York) after a pledge of $50,000 by Robin Zahran, a Palestinian American, members of whose family had been murdered at Deir Yassin and whose daughter was then attending William Smith College.

Contacts for interview:

Daniel McGowan, Executive Director, DYR, (Email) Tel. 315-789-3524

Faisal Saleh, Founder, Palestine Museum, (Email) Tel. 203-530-2248

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July 2018 photo of Daniel McGowan with DYR archives
DYR Executive Director Daniel McGowan poses with the organization’s archives before they are transferred to the Palestine Museum US.

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