Jerusalem during the War of Independence in 1948. “Our situation grew more desperate by the day. Every day we sent calls for help to the city. Apparently, from so many calls for help they stopped beli John Phillips/Life Magazine

A Young Israeli Soldier's Long-lost Account From the Doomed '48 Battle for Jerusalem's Old City

In an old box, I found a harrowing testimony dictated by a soldier who lost an eye in an unexpected battle for the survival of Jerusalem's Old City. That soldier was my father

About three months ago, after my mother’s death, I found a box of old documents – envelopes, certificates and letters all bundled together, yellowing, some torn along the folds. Birth and marriage...

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