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Dr. Alexander Bein Named Keeper of Israel National Archives

Dr. Alexander Bein, director of the Central Zionist Archives, has been named National Keeper of the Archives by Prime Minister David Ben Gurion. The first to hold the post, established under the Archives Law of 1955, he was nominated by the Supreme Archives Council at its first sitting.

Under the archives statute, Dr. Bein’s responsibility will include safeguarding historically important files, letters and other documents of Government Ministries and local authorities. He will also have limited powers with respect to certain privately owned material.

Dr. Bein was appointed director of the Zionist Archives last year, after having served as its deputy director since 1936. He is the author of a biography of Dr. Theodor Herzl and of a history of the Zionist colonization movement, “The Return to the Soil.”