Geulah Cohen

Wednesday, November 11, 1964

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November 11, 1964
Geulah Cohen, broadcaster and member of Stern Gang which fought the British when they occupied Palestine. She talks about her sacrifice for the cause of Israeli independence as well as her book. Gerald Frank provides commentary on her talk. Questions and answers.

Host introduces certain people in the audience, discusses upcoming activities and events. Engineer checks audio.

Q&A continues: Do the original members of the Stern Group keep together? Would they fight as one again, if needed? John Brown Raiders? How is information about the Stern Group being taught? What is the spiritual influence of the Stern Group today? Support from outside Israel?

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 70429
Municipal archives id: T585


Geulah Cohen and Gerald Frank


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