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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Different Generations of Jews and The IDF

This first video is the story of Jews who came from all over the world to volunteer for the Israeli Defense Forces at the very beginning of the state, the War for Israeli Independence. The stories are amazing.

One of my uncles, my mother's brother, Izzy Shankman, who was one of the volunteers who helped on the ships that brought "illegal" immigrants before the British left. He never liked to talk about his experiences. The last few times we saw him he made an exception for us, because he felt that we "understood."

This music is illustrated by pictures of young Israeli soldiers. Today's soldiers are drafted into a modern army. Their experiences are very different, if we were to hear them, of the early soldiers in the first video.


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aparatchik said...

Soooooooooo...what did your uncle say?!!

Batya said...

The family had only the vaguest idea of what he had done, so the rumor was that he had been on the Exodus. I asked and he replied:
"No, but maybe if I had, it would have ended differently."

Leah, Maaleh Adumim said...

both of these are beautiful.

while on the topic - here is another inspiring story - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1137470/posts

Batya said...

yes, great story