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Posts Tagged ‘Haganah’

Hannah Senesh

Hannah Senesh Dies

November 7, 1944 Hannah Senesh (Szenes) the poet and Haganah fighter who parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Jews was executed by a Hungarian firing squad in a Budapest prison courtyard. Senesh, who had been born in Hungary in 1921 into an assimilated Jewish family, was drawn to Zionism by the climate of anti-Semitism that…

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President Moshe Katsav laying a wreath on Amichai’s casket in Jerusalem on September 24, 2000

Yehuda Amichai Passes Away

September 22, 2000 Yehuda Amichai, the Poet Laureate of Jerusalem, passes away at the age of 76 from lymphoma. Considered by many to be the most prominent modern-day Israeli poet, Amichai received awards and critical acclaim all over the world, with his poetry having been translated into over 40 languages. Born in Germany, Amichai moved…

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September 14, 1948 Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion summons dozens of commanders of the Palmach for a conference at which he announces the dismantling of the elite unit and its integration into the new Israel Defense Forces.

Palmach Integrates with IDF

Center for Israel Education September 14, 1948 Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion summons dozens of commanders of the Palmach for a conference at which he announces the dismantling of the elite unit and its integration into the new Israel Defense Forces. The Palmach had been created in 1941 as an elite strike force of the Haganah…

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Aryeh Halivni, Toldot Yisrael executive director, interviews Ernie Goldberger of Los Angeles about his service in the Palmach.

Aiding Israel

Video archive documents those who helped create the Jewish state. Jews throughout the diaspora were excited and inspired when the State of Israel was declared in 1948. Hundreds set aside their regular jobs or school activities to help the fledgling state as it faced attack from its Arab neighbors and prepared to welcome thousands of…

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Battles recalled: Aryeh Shachar, a company commander in Operation Nachshon, is interviewed by Ofer Regev for Toldot Yisrael. Courtesy of Toldot Yisrael

Seven Decades Later, Unsung ’48 Heroes Are Heard

By Gary Rosenblatt Jewish Week/Times of Israel New oral history project describes key roles of American Jews in Israel’s founding. Soon after the end of World War II, Zimel Resnick, a Russian Jewish immigrant operating an amusement park in New Jersey, was contacted by a good friend in Palestine. Resnick was asked to help raise…

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