Recently a collection of 64 glass negatives were put up for sale in the Jaffa Flea Market. How they got there, when and why - is still unknown.
A quick glance is enough to realize that they are portraits of young students from pre-state Israel, most of them from Tel Aviv, born in the 1920s.
Photographer Danny Goshen bought the entire collection and now hopes to locate the subjects' relatives, to give them the pictures as a gift. In a conversation with Haaretz Goshen said there are no identifying details with the treasure he has acquired.
“These are only paper bags filled with glass negatives. Nothing more,” he said. On some of the pictures the names of the subjects appear. Not all of them are legible. After publication of the first version of this article, some of those photographed have been identified by their families via Google and Facebook.
Not all the students were in the same class, and not all of them went to the same school. Most are no longer alive. Some, like Avni Shlomo, who was nicknamed “Gingy,” later fought in the 1948 War of Independence with the Palmach.
Among the subjects who have been identified are Shmuel Prodovsky, born in 1927. He went to the Geula elementary school in Tel Aviv and the Amal Max Fine High School; Asher Efrati, born in 1925, went to Ledugma school, and died in 1992; Rafael Gilvitz is 92 and lives on Kibbutz Yiron; Ida Gersht, born in 1949, was happy to discover her picture; Tzipora Naor (Stepansky), born in 1926, was also enthusiastic to receive a souvenir from the past. Anyone who recognizes themselves in the pictures is invited to write to Goshen on his Facebook page, or respond to his post.