From S. Africa to 'Negev Beasts': The Life and Death of the IDF's Longest-serving Reservist

David Teperson's childhood in South Africa prepared him well for a prominent military career in Israel, to which he immigrated in 1948.

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On May 15, 1948, the morning after the declaration of Israel’s independence, a ship arrived in Tel Aviv carrying 300 young people, among them Holocaust survivors and volunteers from South Africa, Russia and...