Irgun Veterans Receive ‘captivity Medals’ from Herut Party Leader

Menachem Beigin, leader of the Herut party, the political successor to the pre-state underground Irgun Zvai Leumi, pinned “captivity medals” today on Irgun veterans in a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Irgun “revolt” against the British mandatory regime. The veterans were those who had been imprisoned or exiled by the British.

The ceremony, which was held in the yard of the Jerusalem Central Prison, was attended by Gen. Pierre Kocnig, chairman of the Franco-Israel Friendship League; Raymond Schmittlcin, Deputy Speaker of the French National Assembly; and representatives of the Belgian and Dutch Assemblies and the Dutch wartime underground movement.

General Koenig presented Beigin with a medal on behalf of the National Organization of the French Underground. The presentation took place at a reception which was attended by Cabinet Ministers.

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