Re: [Cz-L] Independence Day_ Israel Prize_to former Czernowitzers (Bukowiners)

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A few words about Yitshak Ben-Aharon.
He was the cousin of my grandfather (father of my mother) - their fathers - Aharon and Yitzhak Nussenbaum, respectively, were brothers. He hebraicised his name taking up his father's name. Apparently both he and my mother's grandfather (his uncle) were named after a common grandfather, as was usual.
He started Hashomer Hatzair in Czernowitz (coincidentally, he was the Madrikh of my aunt - sister of my father, in the Hashomer Hatzair Ken in Czernowitz) - and later in all Romania.
Before his lengthy career as ideologist and leader in the Ahdut Haavoda and later in the Mapam party, and Head of various Ministries, he had joined the British Army in Palestine in 1940, became officer (I believe Lieutenant), fought in Greece, was captured by the Wehrmacht and was interned until end of WWII in a warprisoner camp for captive British officers.
He died just two months before his 100th birthday - quite an achievement in itself - in his kibbutz Givat Haim (near Rehovot). Was quite lucid and gave a remarkable interview on Television a year and a half before that.
Just a hilarious remark - his most remembered "lament", when the right-wing Likkud of Begin came to power, following the famous "Mahapakh" (dramatic change) elections, was "the nation needs to be replaced"... Quite an ideologist...


----- Original Message -----
From: Bruce Reisch <>
Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 17:11
Subject: Re: [Cz-L] Independence Day_ Israel Prize_to former Czernowitzers (Bukowiners)
To: Miriam Taylor <>, Irene Fishler <>

> Hi Mimi:
> I came up with two names; Irene did the rest! For this, I
> nominate Irene
> for the Prize.
> If anyone on the list is related to one of the Israel Prize
> winners, don't
> be shy. Let us all know!
> Best wishes,
> Bruce
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