Caught in a Zionist firestorm

Dresden native Lysann Bendel’s love for Israel was set aflame by a surprising family secret

September 6, 2017 17:19
Caught in a Zionist firestorm

Lysann Bendel: ‘Aha’ moment.. (photo credit: MIRIAM ALSTER/FLASH90)


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German families are known to keep secrets about the Nazi era. Lysann Bendel’s family in Dresden was no different.

Bendel was born to the son of a local firefighter who lost his first wife and two children in the controversial 1945 Dresden firebombing while he was, ironically, putting out the flames. Her childhood in East Germany was shrouded in silence – about the Allied firebombing and certainly about the Holocaust.


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