Author Archives: Simon Plosker

Personal Recollections of Linda Bennett

Children played their part in keeping everyday life going during the emergency. When the postmen were called up by the army, the children took over delivering the mail. Israel really hoped the war would not happen… from Independence Day onwards, the atmosphere tended to harden and trouble was felt to be imminent.   In the

Letters from Israel…

Rona Hart had been in Israel for only a few weeks when war-clouds started to gather. She confided her thoughts and impressions to her parents in England. For forty years these letters gathered dust in an old shoe-box until they were rediscovered a few weeks ago. Here are a few extracts that capture her thoughts and fears.

Recollections of Joseph Puder

In the early morning hours of Monday, June 5, 1967, the sun was already heating everything up around the Tel Nof airbase. Some of us were making our way to the mess hall of the base as Jordanian artillery shells shook the earth. Fragments reached our barracks, puncturing the outer walls with significant holes. Located

Shabbat Saved My Life…

My name is Shmuel Gurewicz. I was born in Soviet Russia. We escaped the Communist regime in 1946 together with several hundred Lubavitcher Chassidim [1]. From 1947 to 1949 we lived in Paris and at the age of thirteen, my parents, together with another five families we were sent by the previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi

Balagan’s Place in History

In the days before the outbreak of the Six-Day War, Yoske “Balagan” Schwartz was practicing jumping out of a plane with his elite paratrooper reserves unit near Rishon Lezion. There, the sand dunes resembled those in Sinai, where Egypt had amassed thousands of its troops and where Schwartz and his fellow soldiers were expected to

Six Days in a Foxhole

The school year of 1966-1967 I spent, as a third year university student, in Israel as part of the Jewish Agency’s Youth Movement Leadership Program. The first six months, until the end of January, we were in Jerusalem’s Katamon neighborhood. Over 100 youth movement leaders from some 20 countries in North and South America, Europe,