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May 08, 1992 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-05-08

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Cataloging The Stories
Of Soldiers From Israel

or girl, who fell in one of
Israel's battles. The packets
came with a photograph of
the person, the story of the
battle in which he or she fell
and an address where a
soldier's family member can
be reached.
"Each community member
was asked to personally
share in a ceremony com-
memorating Yom-
Hazikaron," said Sivan
Maas, director, Israel Desk.
"We thought this would be
the best way to remember
the Israeli whose story they
learned through their
letter."
The names of the soldiers
were inscribed in a special
memorial book following the
dedication of the monument
at the Maple-Drake Jewish
Community Center. The
monument is a silver sword
driven into the ground,

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ne thought dogged
Adina Laks as she
lugged home arm-
loads of soldiers' stories from
Israel's Ministry of Defense.
In her hands lay all that
remained of 17,000 Israeli
soldiers.
Mrs. Laks, an Israeli who
lives in West Bloomfield,
went to Israel last year and
brought back volumes of
photos and biographies of
Israeli soldiers who fell
defending Israel between
1948 and 1981.
The biographies have to be
published, Mrs. Laks
thought. There's no better
way to share the meaning of
Yom Hazikaron, Israel Re-
membrance Day, with the
Jewish community of
Detroit.
"Most American Jews
don't understand what Yom
Hazikaron means to Israelis
living inside and outside of
Israel," she said. "In
America, Memorial Day is a
day off from work, spent
largely attending picnics
and barbecues. In Israel, it's
very solemn. There isn't a
person or family who hasn't
lost a friend or family mem-
ber in war."
Yom Hazikaron was
observed Tuesday in a
ceremony at the Jewish
Community Center in West
Bloomfield. The first monu-
ment outside Israel
dedicated to the memory of
fallen soldiers was
dedicated. General Uzi
Narkiss, commander of
Israel's eastern front during
the Six-Day War, delivered
the keynote address. He
gave eyewitness accounts of
what it took to unify
Jerusalem.
The service, attended by
several hundred Americans
and Israelis, touched off a
week-long Israel In-
dependence celebration,
which includes an Israeli
street fair and cabaret, and
the annual walk for Israel.
Months ago, a Yom
Hazikaron committee,
chaired by Doreen
Hermelin, Joel Tauber,
Dennis Bernard, Betsy
Heuer, Adina Laks and Yif-
tach Maas, set teams of
Israelis and Americans to
work translating histories of
Israel's fallen soldiers.
They mailed 10,000 enve-
lopes to members of the
Jewish community with the
name of a man or woman, boy

"In Israel, there
isn't a person or a
family who hasn't
lost a friend."

Adina Laks

designed by Mr. Maas and
Birmingham architect Bob
Ziegelman.
Among soldiers re-
membered were Benyamin
Samuel, Eliyahu Salomon
and Yaakov Sofer.
Mr. Samuel, who would be
48 today, was sent with his
tank unit to the Sinai during
the Yom Kippur War. He
died on the shores of the
Bitter Lake, Oct. 17, 1973.
Before the war, Mr.
Salomon became an instruc-
tor in officer's school.
Following his military ser-
vice, he studied electronic
and industrial engineering
in California.
Mr. Salomon, who would
be 56, was also killed during
the Yom Kippur War. When
the war broke out, Mr.
Salomon, a reconnaissance
soldier in the Intelligence
Corps, didn't wait to receive
his draft papers. He packed
his bags, kissed his wife and
three sons goodbye, and re-
ported for duty. He was
killed in a reconnaissance
mission over the Golan
Heights. His plane was hit
by a rocket on Oct. 11, 1973.
Mr. Sofer, who would be
42, volunteered to become a
paratrooper in August 1968.
When the Yom Kippur War
began he joined his unit
which was fighting in the
south. He was killed while
trying to cross the Suez

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