Kibbutz secretary Jossef Avi Yair Engel stands amid proto-Aeolic capitals.
(photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)
When Yair Engel was in the 11th grade, his class traveled to Poland and participated in the March of the Living. Before their scheduled visit to Auschwitz, Engel composed a poem called “Six Million Brothers” that was read at the camp’s central commemoration ceremony.Engel was a third-generation kibbutznik, born and raised at Ramat Rahel. A gifted poet and lover of nature, he was also a highly promising basketball player. At 18, he volunteered for the naval commandos; after only 16 months in the military, in 1996, he was killed in an underwater training accident.
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