Eliezer Korman, 74, the 29th victim of the brutal Passover eve terror attack at Netanya's Park Hotel, was buried yesterday in Ramat Hasharon.
Korman's wife Yehudit, another victim of the terror attack, died on Passover eve. Eliezer Korman underwent an emergency six hour operation; until yesterday, he remained unconscious at Hillel Yaffeh Medical Center, Hadera.
Saturday night doctors informed Korman's relatives that his situation was deteriorating rapidly, and that he had only a few hours to live. He passed away yesterday at 6:20 A.M.
The hospital's safe stored two personal effects from the Korman couple: Eliezer's silver watch, whose hands were set at 7:21 P.M., the time of the attack, and Yehudit's shattered cell phone.
"The truth is that I thought he would make it through this," Korman's son Rami said yesterday. "I knew my father as a very strong man. Despite his serious injuries - his body had burns all over - I thought that it would be all right."
At the start of World War II, Eliezer and his parents escaped Poland, and traveled to Siberia. After the war, Korman searched widely for his eight siblings, wandering through Germany, Austria and Italy. He was never able to establish what happened to his brothers and sisters.
Korman immigrated to Israel, and took part in the 1948 Independence War's Battle of Latrun. Many of his close friends were killed in the war.
Korman settled in Ramat Hasharon with his wife Yehudit. He worked in blue collar trades. He and his wife are survived by two children and five grandchildren.
His relatives describe Korman as an enthusiastic, hard worker.
"My father was in excellent shape," his son Rami recalls. "He could go up four floors of stairs more easily than I could. He was a Hebrew worker, and was never ashamed of that."
"Not long ago there were newspaper articles about the oldest construction worker in the country, a 64-year-old," a nephew, Shimon Milner recalls. "We laughed at that" because Korman worked in building and other blue collar trades until the day he died, Milner explains.
Though the Kormans had celebrated the Passover seder in past years at the Park hotel, they had planned this year to take a sea voyage during the holiday. They changed their plans when Eliezer got sick shortly before the scheduled trip abroad.