The First Maccabiah Games - Important Collection of Documents.
Palestine and Europe, World Union Maccabee, 1932
Ten documents recording the preparations for the first Maccabiah Games in Palestine. Highlights include:
· 'The Arrangements for the Opening Ceremony, 29.3.1932' – a detailed plan for the first Maccabiah Games opening ceremony procession, which was to include motorcyclists, horsemen and flag bearers, an orchestra, and the athletic teams, with sketches of their placement in the stadium and the text of the opening announcement of the games.
· Four drafts of the Maccabiah regulations: proposal of the world-wide centre of Maccabi, proposal of the Palestinian centre of Maccabi, proposal by the Jewish Olympic swimmer Július Baláž (in German) and a draft incorporating articles from all three proposals. The drafts contain regulations dealing with the terms of participation, sport branches and games, prizes, a plan for winter Maccabiah Games and more.
· 'Motorcyclists' stunts' – fifteen charts for the motorcycling show performed at the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games. Hand-drawn on three pages, two of them signed in the margin: 'Shlomo Arazi, 24.2.1932' (Arazi was the secretary-general of Maccabi in Palestine and a founder of various motorcyclists' organisations in Palestine).
· Issues nos. 1 and 2 of the Maccabiade Bulletin, the official bulletin of the Maccabiah Games issued by the Palestinian branch of Maccabi. February, 1932. English.
Printed documents of various sizes; handwritten corrections and additions on some items; text in Hebrew, English, German, French and Arabic.
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