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From the Holocaust to a New Dawn
By David Shachar
Gefen Publishing House, 2011, 195 pages
ISBN: 978-965-229-546-0

Reviewed by Israel Drazin - July 12, 2012

Two former Israeli Prime Ministers, a Polish Ambassador, and a Knesset (Israeli Parliament) member wrote praises of David Shachar, the author of this autobiography. They wrote about the man and the many things he did, and their letters are appended to this book, along with other approbations.

Shachar tells in his book, among other things, not only his own life story, but also the history of the Jewish people during the past half century, from the holocaust of World WW II to the illegal immigration to Israel that followed it, illegal only because the British supported the Arabs and tried to keep the Jews from their ancestral home; to the 1948 War of Independence, a war of defense against about a half dozen well-armed Arab nations that attacked the newly reborn Israel; to the heroic successful tales of the rebuilding of Israel economically and militarily.

Shachar was born in 1930 in Poland and was educated there before the Nazi occupation of his country. He tells about his childhood and how life was lived in his Polish town. His father was killed by the Nazis in 1939. After the war and slaughter, he underwent training in Poland in 1945 and 1946 for immigration to Palestine, the name that the ancient Romans gave Israel when they destroyed it in 70 CE hoping that the renaming would obliterate all memory of Israel. He then went to Paris to study. He came to Israel in 1948 and fought in the Israeli underground against the British and then in Israel's War of Independence. After the war he helped Israel in many other ways. Among a host of other noble activities, he established a memorial in Israel for the 30,000 Jewish soldiers who fell in the service of Polish armies in World War II.

Dr. Israel Drazin is the author of eighteen books, including a series of five volumes on the Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible, which he co-authors with Dr. Stanley M. Wagner, and a series of four books on the twelfth century philosopher Moses Maimonides, the latest being Maimonides: Reason Above All, published by Gefen Publishing House. His website is

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