Who 'owns' Israel's fallen soldiers?
The story of a mythic family figure killed in a 1946 Palmach operation, when he was only 18, teaches us about how family and national histories intersect in Israel.
Yehiel Slor was a family hero. He was killed at the Achziv Bridge in 1946 during Leil Hagsharim, the Night of the Bridges, a Palmach operation against the British to blow up simultaneously all of the bridges connecting Palestine to its surrounding countries. He died at 18 - decades before my wife was born, and would have been her great uncle. Had he survived, he would be 85 years old today.
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