Hashomer Hatzair Youth Movement

The Central Zionist Archives holds a rich and diverse collection of posters and handbills from the period of the Yishuv and the early years of the State of Israel. The posters and handbills were displayed on bulletin boards around the cities, and that way, information was transferred to the wider public. The posters and handbills were used to address a wide array of subjects: Zionism, settlements, security, art, theater, health and more.
The beautiful posters below were published by the Zionist youth movement Hashomer Hatzair (in English: “The Youth Guard”). The movement began operating on 1913 in Galicia. The key values passed on to the movement's youth were Zionism, a cooperative life-style and immigration to Palestine. The first graduates of Hashomer Hatzair came to Palestine on 1919 – the beginning of Third Aliyah. Over the one hundred years of its existence, the movement founded about 85 kibbutzim. During World War II the members of Hashomer Hatzair operated in the Nazi-occupied territories, and provided a framework for Jewish youth living in the ghettos. The members of the movement also took a key part at the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. In 1946 Hashomer Hatzair established a political party and was one of the co-founders of Mapam.