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is a translation from Hebrew by Laia Ben-Dov
as sponsored by George Zilbergeld.
Additional clarifications are provided in parenthesis ( ).
MY BROTHER, DAVID BAS, OF BLESSED
David was born in 1927 in Vladimirets.When he was a baby, our parents left the town of his
birth, Vladimirets, and moved to Rafalovka.There, David spent the happy years of his childhood with
the family.He was
a handsome and wise-hearted boy.Here, he completed his studies at the "Tarbut" school,
and he looked forward with hope to his future.
The days of
war and the Holocaust arrived.The Nazi conquest put an end to the dream of David's
youth, and like everyone, he also knew troubles and misfortune.Since he was with the forced-labor squad outside the
ghetto, he, together with me and our father, were rescued from
the murderers on the day that the Jews of Rafalovka were
the victims were our dear mother Zelda and our dear brother,
with us, David wandered over the desolate roads of the villages
and forests, and knew hunger, cold and illness, until we joined
the ranks of the partisans.He was still a youth, but because of his height and
sturdy build the partisans were not overly particular and
accepted him as one of their fighters.With a weapon in his hand, he fulfilled the order for
revenge toward the destroyers of his nations and family.
area was liberated by the Red Army, David did not part from his
weapon, but as a volunteer, he participated in finding the
murderers, who overran the country also after the Nazis were
defeated and walked freely through the streets.
with us over the escape route, and arrived in Italy.Here, he was drafted by the soldiers of the Jewish
Brigade to one of the groups where weapons were stored for
Jewish settlements in the Land, who were embroiled in a bitter
struggle for existence and independence.Together with other young men, he packed the weapons and
prepared them for shipment.In 1946, David arrived in the Land of Israel and joined Kibbutz Ginossar.Then also, he continued his military activity in the
ranks of the Hagana.He joined the Palmach, and was occupied most of the time
in guard duty.
beloved by all who knew him and all who came into contact with
him.He hoped to
build his life as one of the pioneers, but fate set his hope at
In 1948, on
January 1, when my brother went out with other comrades on a
patrol – in order to secure the road from Tiberias to Safed,
they encountered an Arab gang, and in the ensuing battle, David
was wounded seriously.He was brought to the hospital in Tiberias.He knew that there was no hope that he would recover, and
in his last moments, he requested that they send his regards to
his father and sister, and tell them that it was easy for him to
die with the feeling that he had fulfilled his task as a
faithful son of his people and his Land.
soul be bound in the bond of life.
David Bas.Fell at Ginossar in the War of Independence,