Winds and Hope
|Mishkenot Sha'ananim 1860-2015|
Mishkenot Sha'ananim and its immediate surroundings have long been one of Jerusalem's most familiar and best loved symbols. This book recounts the stories of Mishkenot Sha'ananim and Yemin Moshe in a systematic and comprehensive way, from the time of Moses Montefiore to their recent transformation into a unique center for culture, tourism, and the arts in the early twenty-first century. The complex and surprising story of their past is one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of Jerusalem's Jewish community in modern times, and reflects the history of the entire city: Hopes and disappointments, successes and difficulties, war and peace, social hardship, and a yearning for a better future.
The book records the neighborhoods' history in chronological order and by subject matter: The image of Moses Montefiore and his work in Jerusalem, the establishment of the windmill and the Mishkenot Sha'ananim neighborhood, the founding of Yemin Moshe and its history up to and during the War of Independence, the neighborhoods at the time of the 'Municipal Defence Line' and their transformation in the years following the Six-Day War,the present character of the two neighborhoods and the institutaions active in them today. The final chapter examines how the two neighborhoods have been depicted in modern Hebrew art and literature, including poetry and prose, the visual arts, and official emblems.
The book is richly and artistically illustrated and contains a compilation of almost two hundred incredibly varied images, either inspired by them or produced locally over the past one-and-a-half centuries: Historical photographs, early maps, engravings, drawings, and unique artistic depictions.
Year of Publication: 2015
Number of Pages: 162
Co - Publishers: Mishkenot Sha'ananim, The Jerusalem Foundation