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1948 Secret Revealed on The History Channel
February 29, 2008 --
As part two in this season’s “Cities of the Underworld” series, an entire segment is devoted to the Ayalon Institute. Tune into The History Channel on Monday, March 24 at 9 p.m., for “Prophecies from Below.”
Viewers with Direct/Satellite TV should check their listings, as those providers sometimes air the shows at 10 p.m.
In this segment, the show's host, Don Wildman, is guided by
The Ayalon Institute’s fascinating story is about a top-secret operation that took place during the years between the end of WWII and
Under the vigilant eyes of the British who ruled the area, a clandestine plant for the production of much-needed bullets was built underground in anticipation of the armed struggle for independence that came with the termination of the British Mandate.
The Institute, located on Kibbutz Hill in the middle of the city of
JNF has partnered with SPIHS to help preserve Israel's rich history for generations to come. JNF donors contributed to the film that is shown at the beginning of the experience, money for operating expenses, and the construction of a dormitory used by Israeli teens who spend time there learning about Zionist history.
The Institute was built in just three weeks as a cooperative effort between members of Hatzofim Aleph, a pioneer group, members of the local Jewish clandestine military, and Haganah trainees. Using the laundry room of the kibbutz as their cover -- the noise of the machines and the exhaust camouflaged the subterranean machines -- the group of chosen kibbutzniks worked day in and day out in a 300-square-yard space 26 feet underground and produced nearly three million bullets in 3 years and helped win
The munitions makers daily risked their lives. If caught they could be killed; the ongoing work caused health deficiencies and they needed to be given special diets and time each day with one of the first sun lamps to restore the vitamins that a lack of sunlight deprived them of. At any time, the gun powder, that was handled by hand, could explode, and great pains were taken to enter and exit without being seen by moving a heavy piece of machinery under which a steep staircase was revealed. Their clothes and hair were inspected at each day’s end to remove bullet shavings and stains.
Other cities featured in “Cities of the Underworld” include
Biblical Productions managed the shoot in
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