Ben Dunkelman published his memoirs with MacMillan of Canada in 1976 under the title Dual Allegiance. Although nearly thirty years had passed since his involvement in the Second World War and the First Arab-Israeli War, Dunkelman began researching his memoirs in the 1950s and an early version of the book, Israel Assignment, was finished in 1959. After further research, writing and correspondence with publishers, Dunkelman finally secured publication of the manuscript with MacMillan of Canada under the title Dual Allegiance, which was published in 1976. The response to Dual Allegiance after its publication in November came quickly. MacMillan collected many of the newspaper reviews and sent them to Dunkelman. Ben Dunkelman also wrote several different screenplays based on his autobiography. These range from plot summaries to a full-length screenplay submitted to Charles Greene which includes directions for camera shots.
Scope and Content
Series consists of correspondence, research notes, novel notes, manuscripts, reviews, film/TV scripts, clippings and publicity material related to Ben Dunkelman’s autobiography, Dual Allegiance, which was published by MacMillan in 1976. The series contains drafts of Israel Assignment. It also contains some correspondence, both between Dunkelman and MacMillan about the book, and from readers commenting on it. The series is organized into several general areas in the following order: research, manuscripts, publicity, correspondence and Film/TV scripts.
Physical description note: Includes 30 maps, 4 photographs, and 2 albums.
File contains eight maps of Israel related to Dunkelman's research into his activities in the Arab-Israeli War, in particular Operations Dekel and Hiram. Seven of these maps are photocopies. The one original is a map of Haifa and the surrounding area.
File contains two accounts of Operation Hiram, along with one letter and two related maps. One account is by Sergeant J. Franses and the second, reprinted from the magazine Maarachot, is by Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Luria.
File contains one business card along with correspondence chiefly between Dunkelman and lawyer Aron Hoter-Ishay. The correspondence deals with Dunkelman's research into the 7th Brigade for his memoirs.
File consists of a clipping, notes and correspondence in connection with Dunkelman's research for his memoirs. The file contains a clipping and notes related to Israeli Chiefs of Staff Yaakov Dori, Yigael Yadin, Mordechai Makleff, Moshe Dayan and Chaim Laskov. The correspondence includes letters to and from Yaakov Dori. Dunkelman asks Dori to write an introduction to his memoirs.
File consists of correspondence between former Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Ben Dunkelman. In addition, the file contains a newspaper clipping reporting a trip by Ben-Gurion to Canada. Further correspondence in the file reveals that the Israeli government has decided to grant Dunkelman the rank of Colonel.
File consists of correspondence, notes and a list of Toronto machal members in connection with Dunkelman's attempt to research his involvement in the Arab-Israeli War. Of note are letters in which Dunkelman discusses Buzz Beurling, the Canadian fighter pilot who volunteered for the machal.
File contains an engineer's report written during the Arab-Israeli War and relating to the 7th Brigade under Dunkelman's command. The file also contains correspondence between Dunkelman and the engineer, A. Nissan.
A. Nissan changed his surname from Nissenbaum to Nissan.
File contains a second copy of A. Nissan's engineer's report from the Arab-Israeli War, along with correspondence between Nissan and Dunkelman in connection with Dunkelman's research on the 7th Brigade.
File contains correspondence between Ben Dunkelman and David Ben-Gurion on the subject of Dunkelman's marriage to Yael Dunkelman. The correspondence also relates to Dunkelman's request that Ben-Gurion write an introduction to his memoirs.
File contains correspondence between Ben Dunkelman and Yaacov Herzog, ambassador to Canada. The correspondence relates to Dunkelman's attempt to correct inaccurate information about his role in the Arab-Israeli War.
File contains two letters, one from Ben Dunkelman to Col. Chaim Ben-David (the military secretary to the Israeli Prime Minister) and one from Ben-David to Dunkelman. The letters relate to Dunkelman's attempt to set the record straight about his role in the Arab-Israeli War.
File contains two photocopies of excerpts from B.H. Liddell Hart's book Strategy: An Indirect Approach. The copies include a map of Operation Hiram, along with an essay about the Arab-Israeli War by Yigael Yadin.
File consists of three pages of notes written by Joseph Eisen in connection with the 7th Brigade's actions during the Arab-Israeli War. The notes provide a brief chronological account of the war from 7 July 1948 to 29 October 1948 and mention Operations Dekel and Hiram.
A more recent note on the first of these three pages indicates Eisen wrote these notes while Ben Dunkelman was on a visit to Israel in August, 1973.
File consists of one memorandum Dunkelman wrote about a meeting in Israel attended by himself, Yael Dunkelman and Baruch Erez. The memorandum is related to Dunkelman's research into his role in the Arab-Israeli War.
Baruch Erez (Freidman) was second in command of the 79th Battalion during the Arab-Israeli War.
File contains correspondence between Ben Dunkelman and David Ben-Gurion chiefly on the subject of Dunkelman's activities during the Arab-Israeli War. In addition to correspondence, the file includes two reports Dunkelman submitted in 1949 to the Israel Defence Forces.
Some records are fragile.
See fonds 2, series 5 for more information on the reports Dunkelman submitted to the Israel Defence Forces.
File consists of a letter from Yehuda Werber to Ben Dunkelman on the subject of Dunkelman's research for Dual Allegiance. In addition, the file contains notes Werber wrote, along with what seems to be a transcript Dunkelman wrote of a taped interview with Werber.
File contains correspondence and notes related to Dunkelman's research into the activities of the 7th Brigade during the Arab-Israeli War. The file also includes correspondence in connection with the translation of Dunkelman's autobiography from English into Hebrew.
File contains notes relating to Ben Dunkelman's memoirs and to his activities during the Second World War and the Arab-Israeli War. The file also contains two photocopied pages from W.T. Barnard's book The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1860-1960: one Hundred Years of Canada (1960).
File consists of a notebook Ben Dunkelman used to transcribe notes from interviews he had conducted on tape while researching his autobiography, Dual Allegiance. The notebook accompanies 14 cassette sides.
Record is in good condition but hard to read in places.
File consists of a manuscript entitled, Israel Assignment, Dunkelman's first version of his memoirs. While chapters 1-7 have been corrected, chapters 8-21 are unedited. The manuscript contains 174 pages.
Israel Assignment was an early version of Dual Allegiance focusing on the Arab-Israeli War.
File contains drafts and notes in connection with Ben Dunkelman's autobiography Dual Allegiance. The file includes photocopies of selections from The Victory Campaign: The Operations in North-West Europe, Volume III, Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War (The Queen’s Printer and Controller of Stationery, Ottawa, 1960) by C.P. Stacey.
File consists of one manuscript of Dual allegiance, along with notes and pages from an earlier draft. The manuscript includes a title page, two pages of contents and chapters 1 through 17. Chapters 8, 11 and 12 are missing.
File consists of two photograph negatives of Ben Dunkelman in his Canadian Army uniform. Dunkelman kept them in a MacMillan of Canada envelope, and one of the photographs appears in the final copy of Dual Allegiance.
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Following the publication of Dual Allegiance in November 1976, Dunkelman published five excerpts from the book in the Toronto Star.
Scope and Content
File consists of excerpts from Dual Allegiance, along with unedited proofs of these excerpts from The Toronto Star. The five excerpt titles are: "Toronto War Hero's Career Began With Dual In Palestine", "Jew Had A 'Score To Settle' With Nazis", "War Hero Drew Pistol On Brother Officer", "Dunkelman Joins The Fight For Palestine," and "The Road To Nazareth--And Independence".
File contains Dual Allegiance drafts of indexes, chapter summaries, a bibliography, a table of contents, and a foreword by Yitzhak Rabin. The file also includes appendices containing remarks about inaccurate historical accounts and Dunkelman's 1949 reports to Israeli command about reorganization of the Israel Defence Forces.
File consists of two related telegrammes between Ben Dunkelman and the publishing house MacMillan of Canada in connection with the cost of exporting 700 copies of Dual Allegiance from Canada to Israel.