Jaunt through Mount Zion

Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter came under Arab siege on December 1, 1947, immediately after the UN decision to partition Palestine.

October 1, 2015 16:31
Dormition Abbey

Dormition Abbey and the adjacent Greek Orthodox Seminary. (photo credit: SHMUEL BAR-AM)


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Heinz Bahner was only eight years old when Nazi thugs brutally attacked his father – a decorated hero who fought for Germany in the First World War – because he voted against Hitler in the 1933 elections. The Nazis thrashed young Heinz as well, when he came to his father’s aid.

The boy vowed to himself that the day would come when he would be strong enough to fight. Five years later, on Kristallnacht, Heinz and his father watched helplessly as Nazis burned their Torah scrolls and set their synagogue on fire. Soon afterwards, Youth Aliya brought young Heinz to Palestine; his father perished in the Holocaust.


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