Jerusalem Embattled: A Diary of the City Under Siege, March 25th, 1948 to July 18th, 1948

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Cassell, 1997 - History - 288 pages
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Not since the Crusades has Jerusalem been besieged for as long as it was between March and July 1948, when the Arabs of Palestine, and later regular armies of the Arab states, laid siege to it. The 100,000 Jews of the city, sealed off from the world, lacked food, water and power; the entire city was a front line.
This diary, an authentic contemporaneous record kept by a foreign correspondent and resident of the city, is an intimate account of the ninety-day ordeal and its effect on the lives of the men, women and children of Jerusalem, including the rapid deterioration of living conditions and the desperate attempts to break the siege. Harry Levin accompanied daring military operations in and around Jerusalem, and travelled along the "Burma Road", which the Jews built secretly by night across the mountains in an attempt to break free.

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User Review  - Polaris- - LibraryThing

I found this book in a small used bookshop in Brecon. It was a pretty gruelling read as the diarist recorded repeated accounts of hunger, constant shelling, and endless deprivation. The conditions in ... Read full review

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Heartbreaking. Essential reading for anyone trying to understand the Middle East. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Levin is Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

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