MembersFor Sale: Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s Unknown Passport

Rare item includes the Zionist leader’s original photo and signature; Jabotinsky Institute tries to prevent sale

By Yossi Aloni | | Topics: Zionism
Newly elected Israeli President Isaac Herzog with outgoing president Reuven Rivlin at a memorial for Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky in 2021.
Newly elected Israeli President Isaac Herzog with outgoing president Reuven Rivlin at a memorial for Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky in 2021. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The “Brand” auction house in Bnei Brak is offering for sale an unusual historical item: a temporary and previously unknown passport of the leader of the Revisionist movement, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, with his photo and signature. It was learned that the Jabotinsky Institute is working through channels to prevent the sale of the historic item.

It is an Austrian passport valid for only 15 days issued on the occasion of his journey to establish the Revisionist movement in 1924. The passport was issued to Jabotinsky in Vienna while he was staying there in 1924 although he was not an Austrian citizen.

The passport is entitled “Passport for Foreigners” and apart from the fact that it is limited to 15 days, it is also limited to travel to only 3 countries: Czechoslovakia, Germany and France. In the passport there is an original photograph of Jabotinsky and a signature in his handwriting in Latin characters (Vladimir Jabotinsky).

The passport includes 12 pages. It was issued on May 30, 1924, and was valid until June 15, 1924. It includes travel stamps and visas of the French...

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