In Herzl’s footsteps

July 13, 2017 17:58

Nissim Levy, the new chairman of the Herzl Museum, talks of the visionary’s concepts of secularism and declares: ‘This is the only country for Jews but it has to be a normal county’

Thedodor Herzl, lors du 1er congrès sioniste mondial en 1897

Thedodor Herzl, lors du 1er congrès sioniste mondial en 1897. (photo credit:DR)

It is 1941. A young Bulgarian immigrant bearing cake went with a group of friends to the Atlit prison to try to lift the spirits of the illegal immigrants incarcerated by the British. It was there that she met her future husband, a malnourished fellow Bulgarian who had managed to make his way by boat to Palestine after being forced by the Nazis to terminate his chemistry studies at the Sorbonne in Paris.

The couple eventually married and began their life together in a rundown building in Haifa’s Wadi Nisnas neighborhood. A few years later, their son, Nissim, was born.


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