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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-01-20

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Friday, January 20, 1984

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INVITATIONS

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Reserve Soldier Overcomes Injuries and Prejudice

left the hospital with a 73
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units, his position was
shelled and destroyed.
Yitzhak kept calm,
though he suffered se-
vere burns. He jumped
from a burning tank and
saw a lot of tanks, quickly
moving forward.
"I thought first that they
were Israeli tanks. I gave
them a sign to stop. In the
meantime I crossed over to
an overturned Israeli tank
and waited to be transferred
to a hospital. But suddenly I
heard talk in Arabic. It
turned out that I was on a
Syrian tank. With the rest
of my strength I jumped off
and ran into the fields.
"The Syrians opened fire.
I was hit by several splin-
ters, fell down and pre-
tended to be dead. The Sy-
rians drove on. I wandered
for 12 hours in the fields
until I met a Zahal unit."
"After several days I
found myself in the Ramban
Hospital in Haifa. I was
hospitalized for half a year.
My skin was burned over 50
percent of my body. I had to
undergo head surgery and
several times plastic
surgery. I left the hospital
with an invalidity of 73 per-
cent and was exempted from
military service for life. I
was told that I am a limited
person who cannot function
and I was sent to learn
bookkeeping."
For three years Yitzhak
Drechsler fought for his
right to serve on reserve
duty. He felt miserable. He
appealed repeatedly to the

military authorities to
allow him to do his service
in a fighting unit. But every
military commission ruled
that he was not capable of
serving. Yitzhak did not
give up.
After three years, Yit-
zhak reached his goal. He
was allowed to return to
his tank unit. When he ar-
rived for the first time at
the unit, his comrades
asked him, "How will you
be able to function?"
"With the help of God, I
shall manage," Yitzhak
answered.
When the Lebanese War
broke out, Yitzhak's unit
fought for 60 days. His wife
appealed to the Rabbi of
Vishnitz to exert his influ-
ence on her husband that
he should return home.
Pressured by the rabbi,
Yitzhak signed a request for
transfer to a unit not serv-
ing at the front. "To my
great joy," Yitzhak said,
"my petition was exchanged
by mistake with a petition
of another soldier and was
rejected. So I could continue
to serve in my fighting
unit."
Yitzhak is satisfied. He
was called, together with
his unit, to reserve duty.
Some of his comrades tried
to evade the service, giving
all kinds of reasons, but
when they saw that Yitzhak
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This is the first visit to Af-
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studies the Talmud. But a
few days ago he left his
home, his wife and four
children and his job in
Emanuel, and again joined
his reserve unit in spite of
his physical disability.

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