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History Repeats Itself

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Sam and Fanny Lipshitz ... he succumbed to the Spanish Flu

With the current coronavirus world pandemic, many info email...
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Kibbutz Building’s Tragic Past

The walls come tumbling down ... demolition of the building in December 2019
Kibbutz founder Kuba Doron breaking rocks for construction. The picture was taken in 1926 when the members were working on the building of the road to Afula – but Doron did the same thing again in the early 1930s to build the children's house

The dreidel memorial and name plaque in a rock commemorating the children who died, behind the concrete dreidel

A bleak day ... the extensively damaged children’s house after the 1948 Chanukah bombing

Story and photos by Lydia Aisenberg Almost a decade aft...
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Telling it Like it Was in World War II

Telling it Like it Was in World War II
The Imperial War Museum, London, where Graham Zeitlin tells visitors about his experiences (Photo: Flickr)

Graham Zeitlin who grew up in Birmingham in World War II

Graham Zeitlin pictured today at the Imperial War Museum (Photo Lydia Aisenberg)

The book Graham wrote about his experiences working on the railways

By man who was at school when bombs rained down  T...
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Memorial to Those Who Died in Siege

Memorial to Those Who Died in Siege
Memorial to the eight Jews killed by British soldiers in November 1945

Set in stone ... Yaacov Adato who was just 18 when he died with the others

An impressive memorial to eight Jews killed by British soldi...
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Zvi Brenner: Israeli Hero

000-test-0005bZvi Brenner (third from right) and others in Akko prison
Zvi Brenner in the Special Night Squad

Zvi Brenner with Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion

Family man ... Zvi with his children

Zvi with Orde Wingate’s son Jonathan at a memorial to Wingate in Kochav HaYarden

Who helped shape the birth of our nation  Photos from t...
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Woollies That Won a War

Woolies-01Frances Street holding the pattern book and thank-you letter from a ship’s Master
The black and white 1940s Knitting Pattern

Story and photos by Lydia Aisenberg A black-and-white 1...
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The Hit Man

The Hit Man
Assassinated: Symon Petliura (Photo: Wikipedia)

Chief Otaman Symon Petliura on a Ukrainian stamp (never circulated)

October 1927: Sholem Schwarzbard speaking at court. Below him Henri Torres

Hetman (Chief Otaman) Symon Petliura (1879-1926) was a Ukrai...
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What in the World Happened in 1979?

NewsletterESRA launches its first Newsletter – a prototype for the next 40 years
By Maia Aron and Nina Reshef ESRA burst on to the scene in 1...
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Soldier’s Lost Love

Soldier’s Lost Love
1944: Mark Olds with (from left) Maria Schwartz, Madame Schwartz and Léonie Schwartz

1985: Maria (left) and Léonie with Mark

The Schwartz sisters in the 1940s

A reunion in Luxembourg in 1985 for Mark and Sally Wendkos Olds with members of the Schwartz family, including Maria and Léonie

A few years ago the writer reconnected with Maria, then aged 92, and met Maria’s daughter (left)

 In my last semester at Penn, I met the man I would mar...
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Israel's Historical Museums

Israel's Historical Museums
The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem (Photo: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Common)

Exhibits at the Lehi Museum. (Photo: Dr. Avishai Teicher via Wikimedia Commons)

Underground Prisoner Museum, Akko. (Photo: Dr. Avishai Teicher via Wikimedia Commons)

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) sets standards w...
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