1934: A 13-year-old Jewish boy escapes Nazi Germany to become the highest decorated WWII Palestinian (future Israeli) soldier in the British Army.
2010: A top Israeli computer scientist searches for her favorite artist of her youth.
From the rise of the Nazi Party through the formation of the State of Israel, across a sea of time, their worlds collide…
via The Lost Artist: Love Passion War – A Search for a Famed Illustrator Uncovers a WW II Hero
Dr Joseph Mengele
An Israeli man, Yitzchak Ganon, had his life saved by heart specialists after refusing to visit medical professionals for a total of 64 years. While being treated the specialists learned of Yitzchak’s mistrust of doctors and the awful secrets behind it.
Following surgery at a hospital close to Tel Aviv, Yitzchak was informed…
via Survived Nazi Dr Josef Mengele removing his kidney without anaesthesia & survived a gas chamber as he was the 201st person in line for a chamber of 200 people
Aharon Appelfeld, who leaped out a window, embedded with a criminal gang and found refuge with a prostitute to survive the Holocaust — all before turning 14 — and who later drew on his childhood experiences to craft lean, dreamlike novels that made him one of Israel’s most acclaimed writers, died Jan. 4 at a…
via Aharon Appelfeld, Holocaust survivor who chronicled its traumas, dies at 85 – The Washington Post
Possibly the most contentious centenary within the First World War was the Balfour Declaration of November 1917. It left in its wake so many controversies and is held to be the root of so much anta…
Source: Balfour Declaration 1. Beware Mythistory | First World War Hidden History
Jerusalem has always been home to many different religions. It has been depicted in history as the very centre of the world, and has been the Holy city for all Christians, Muslims and Jews. But des…
Source: Was Jerusalem multicultural? | W.U Hstry
“The Nakba did not begin in 1948. Its origins lie over two centuries ago….”
So begins this four-part series on the ‘nakba’, meaning the ‘catastrophe’, about the history of the Palestinian exodus that led to the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948, and the establishment of the state of Israel.This sweeping history starts back in 1799 with Napoleon’s attempted advance into Palestine to check British expansion and his appeal to the Jews
Source: Al-Nakba – Al Jazeera English
Guinness World Records have just named the world’s oldest man as Yisrael Kristal, who is aged 112 years old.
You would expect anyone reaching such a momentous age to have a spectacular history, but Yisrael Kristal’s defies the odds.
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Kristal was born in Poland on September 15th 1903 to Jewish parents. Tragedy struck from an early age with his mother dying in 1910, and his father dying soon after the outbreak of World War One. Aged 17 he moved to the Polish city of Łódź, where he went on to work in the family’s candy factory. In 1928 Kristal married and became father to two children.
With the outbreak of World War Two, the life Kristal had built was turned on it’s head. When Poland was invaded, his family was forced into the Łódź ghetto, where both of his children died. Further tragedy struck in August 1944, when Kristal and his wife were transported to…
Source: The World’s Oldest Man Is Now An Auschwitz Survivor Aged 112.
The excavation revealed the remains of a late Byzantine period village dating to the 6th and 7th centuries. One of the most impressive finds of the excavation is a sophisticated wine press that was used to mass-produce wine.
(Communicated by the Israel Antiquities Authority)
In the course of preparations for the construction of a new residential neighborhood in the town of Netivot in the Negev, the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted a salvage excavation of the site. Youths from Netivot and Ashkelon were encouraged to volunteer in the dig, along with a group of future IDF recruits currently performing a year of community service in the area.
The excavation revealed the remains of a late Byzantine period village dating to the 6th and 7th centuries C.E., including a workshop, various buildings and two wine presses. Fragments of marble latticework in the form of a cross and…
Source: 1,500-year-old wine presses found in Netivot, Israel | Ancientfoods
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Team including researchers from Bar-Ilan University and Harvard University unravel the mystery of 12,500-year-old rock-cut mortars found throughout Southwestern Asia.
Using 12,500-year-old conical mortars carved into bedrock, they reconstructed how their ancient ancestors processed wild barley to produce groat meals, as well as a delicacy that might be termed “proto-pita” – small loaves of coal-baked, unleavened bread. In so doing, they re-enacted a critical moment in the rise of civilization: the emergence of wild-grain-based nutrition, some 2,000 to 3,000 years before our hunter-gatherer forebears would establish the sedentary farming communities which were the hallmark of the “Neolithic Revolution”.
The research team, consisting of independent researchers as well as faculty members from Bar-Ilan and Harvard Universities, conducted their study in the Late Natufian site of Huzuq Musa, located in Israel’s…
Source: Where bread began: Ancient tools used to reconstruct — and taste — prehistoric cuisine | Ancientfoods
Lee Perry Gal measures chicken long bones at the zooarchaeology lab, Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa.
An ancient, abandoned city in Israel has revealed part of the story of how the chicken turned into one of the pillars of the modern Western diet.
The city, now an archaeological site, is called Maresha. It flourished in the Hellenistic period from 400 to 200 BCE.
“The site is located on a trade route between Jerusalem and Egypt,” says Lee Perry-Gal, a doctoral student in the department of archaeology at the University of Haifa. As a result, it was a meeting place of cultures, “like New York City,” she says.
Not too long ago, the archaeologists unearthed something unusual: a collection of chicken bones.
“This was very, very surprising,” says Perry-Gal.
The surprising thing was not that chickens lived here. There’s evidence that humans have kept chickens around for thousands of years, starting in Southeast Asia and China.
But those older sites contained just a few scattered chicken bones…
Source: The Ancient City Where People Decided To Eat Chickens | Ancientfoods
December 15th, 1961
Nazi SS-Colonel Adolf Eichmann was found guilty of many of the most heinous crimes of World War Two and twentieth century history on December 15, 1961, in a district court in Jerusalem, Israel. He was subsequently put to death for his role in the deportation of Jewry across occupied Europe during the Holocaust, six months later at midnight on June 1st, 1962.
As a relative nobody, Eichmann successfully rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Nazi regime, who coordinated the deportation of millions of Jews, from Poland to occupied parts of Russia in the north of Europe to Belgium and Hungary in central Europe. In Hungary, for instance, Adolf Eichmann personally made his presence felt by supervising the…
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#AceHistoryNews – Nov.17: The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Lod municipality are inviting the public this week to view the most recently discovered parts of a unique villa dating back to the 4th century CE.
“What is special about this discovery is that we’ve almost finished uncovering the whole Roman villa,” said IAA archaeologist Dr. Amir Gorzalczany, to Tazpit Press Service (TPS). The villa was already partially discovered in the 1990s when the Israel Antiquities Authority was inspecting development work prior to the construction of Highway 90.
Gorzalczany described some of the villa’s aesthetic attributes to…
Source: FEATURED: ‘ Israeli Archaeologists Set to Uncover Complete Roman Villa ‘
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Although it looked little more than a burnt piece of wood, the object Israeli researchers uncovered at Ein Gedi turned out to house one of the most precious texts of the Old Testament: the first eight verses of the Book of Leviticus.
Israeli scientists originally discovered the scroll in the 1970s in the region of Ein Gedi, which lies on the shores of the Dead Sea. The town used to house a Jewish community during the Byzantine period. Among the notable features of the village were its mosaics, synagogue and the Holy Ark that contained pieces of the Torah, the Old Testament.
However, the town mysteriously burned to the ground and none of the inhabitants ever returned to collect their belongings.
“We have no information regarding the cause of the fire, but speculation about the destruction ranges from…
via Israeli scientists ‘digitally unwrap’ 1,500-yo charred scroll, find biblical text — RT News.
Originally posted on artnet News.
Researchers believe the mosaic depicts Alexander the Great.
Photo: Courtesy of Jim Haberman via Daily Mail.
An intricate mosaic depicting Alexander the Great meeting a Jewish high priest was uncovered in a 5th-century synagogue at the archeological site in the ancient village of Huqoq.
An extremely rare find, the mosaic is significant because it is the first non-biblical scene discovered in an ancient synagogue.
The colorful floor-piece shows a meeting of two men and also depicts several…
via Alexander the Great Mosaic Unearthed in Israel – artnet News.