Sunday, April 22, 2007

Looking for Someone who Knows Modern Israel history

One of the things I really like about Israel is that on Tisha Baav, almost all of the TV stations went off the air. It happened again last week for Yom HoShoah, and tonight again, most of the channels say that they aer off the air until tomorrow evening.

One channel is running a list of all the soldiers who have died in Israel's wars, long with the date that they died. I had been watching for a short time at least a dozen names came, one right after the other, for September 1, 1940. Curious as to what caused so many Israelis to die that day, in pre state times, I did a google search and found that September 1 1940 was a very historically significant day. However, I could not find anything relating to the jews who died in Israel on that day.

Does anyone know the story of these people?

4 Comments:

Blogger Rafi G said...

interesting. I was not aware of any significance on that day.. I will ask around

April 22, 2007 3:50 PM  
Anonymous The Shver said...

The day Sugihara was deported, stopping the issuing of passports?

The day General George Marshall was appointed Chief of Staff?

Sure you don't mean 1939? It has much more stuff.

Other significant things in September, 1940, but not on the 1st!

April 22, 2007 10:41 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Nope. The TV was running through the names of all 22,000+ people who have died defending or fighting for Israel. They had a whole slew of people with the date 1.9.40.

April 23, 2007 12:53 AM  
Anonymous Paul Shaviv said...

Suggest: Burial date of victims of the Italian air force bombing of Haifa in closing days of July 1940. Possibly (although a few days too early) of next wave of victims from similar bombing of Tel Aviv in early September. Haifa victims were "50" (suspiciously round number!)

April 23, 2007 5:56 AM  

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