Remembering the birth of the state

10.05.2011                      06.Ijar, 5771                      Unabhängigkeitstag; Tag 20 des Omer

Erinnerungen:

Remembering the birth of the state

The dizzying, fateful days when Israel came into being resulted in eloquent and passionate support from American commentators across cultural and political spectrums.

The drama of the birth of Israel was embedded in me as I sat next to my father, Louis Geffen, in shul in Atlanta on May 15, 1948, as my grandfather, Rabbi Tobias Geffen, spoke about the monumental event. That milestone has become more meaningful to me and my wife as we have grown older and as two generations of our family, both children and grandchildren, have served and are serving in the IDF. Born and bred in the United States, I have sought to learn more about the American reactions to the birth of this country in 1948 and 1949.
Fortunately, I have known people who spoke out publicly in favor of the establishment of a Jewish nation, and I have found information about many others who worked hard to bring Israel into being….