Srulik's 'kova tembel'

At the 18th annual Israel International Animation and Comics Festival, which took place August 7 to 11, a large selection of Srulik cartoons was displayed in honor of Israel’s 70th birthday.

By TALIA LEVIN
August 15, 2018 21:31
Srulik by Uri Fink

Srulik by Uri Fink. (photo credit: URI FINK)

 
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If 30 years ago you had stopped random Israelis on the street and asked, “What is the most Israeli thing you can think of?” they would have answered without hesitating, “Srulik.” This undisputed icon of the young, strong and beautiful Israeli wearing the kova tembel (silly hat) and biblical sandals was brought to life by illustrator and caricaturist Dosh (full name Kariel Gardosh).

Dosh was a Holocaust survivor from Hungary whose dream was to become a writer. He actually viewed being a caricaturist as a temporary job until his Hebrew improved enough for him to start writing seriously. But life, as always, had different plans for him, and Srulik became the undisputed icon of Israeliness.

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