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“On May 13, 1948, I was offered a job as executive officer and agriculture attache of the first Israeli embassy. I left my job at [the U.S. Department of Agriculture] and on May 14, I opened the first U.S. embassy in Washington, at 2210 Massachusetts Ave. Our problems weren’t political, they were practical…we had no money, no housing, no supplies, nothing.”
Maury Atkin served as executive officer and agricultural consultant to the new Israeli Embassy until April 1950. Photograph: JHSGW Collections.