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The other side of the Six Day War

The other side of the Six Day War

PARK CITY, UTAH — In the wake of Israel’s seemingly miraculous triumph in the Six Day War in 1967, the country’s victorious soldiers were lionized as heroes.

But in private, even just one week after the conflict, many of them didn’t feel that way. One describes feeling sick to his stomach in battle and collapsing into a trench.

“I wanted to be left alone,” he says. “I didn’t think of the war.”

Another talks about watching an old Arab man evacuated from his house.

“I had an abysmal feeling that I was evil,” the soldier says.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 February 2015 10:38 )

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Azerbaijan comes to Denver

Azerbaijan comes to DenverNASIMI AGHAYEV, Consul General of the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a remarkably patient envoy. He admits that he’s grown accustomed to the blank stares with which many Americans and others often greet him when he tells them that he represents Azerbaijan, a mostly Muslim, former Soviet republic in the Caucasus Mountains of Central Asia that is now an independent nation. Often, the affable and articulate consul general told the Intermountain Jewish News in an interview last week, people not only...
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California teen makes good on vow to grandmother

California teen makes good on vow to grandmotherNEW YORK — Shortly before her bat Mitzvah in 2010, Morgan Davidson made a promise to her grandmother stricken with lymphoma that she would do whatever she could to help others with the disease. With her mother’s assistance, Davidson soon organized a fundraiser she dubbed “Cuts for a Cure.” For a monetary donation, she and others gave haircuts, held a silent auction and provided a cafe. “I thought that I’d be happy raising $5,000,” said Davidson, now 17. But the one-day event rais...
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Man with Asperger's is award-winning activist

Man with Asperger's is award-winning activistNEW YORK — When Ari Ne’eman was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age 12, his life changed. Administrators at the Conservative Jewish day school that Ne’eman had attended for years said they were not comfortable serving an autistic student, so he ended up transferring to a “segregated special-ed school.” Later, instead of attending the local neighborhood high school that was a five-minute walk from his house in East Brunswick, NJ, he traveled an hour and a half to a special-ed ...
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Sid Shafner helped liberate Dachau

Sid Shafner helped liberate DachauSid Shafner, 93, is reading the newspaper alone at a corner table at Brookdale Mountain View. Sitting in a wheelchair, he blends into the crowd. No one would suspect that 70 years ago he was one of the first US soldiers to liberate Dachau. Sid, who received two Bronze Stars for bravery in WW II, has a sweet disposition that dismisses sentimentality. He enlisted in the army at 18, fought in France and Germany, and lived to tell the tale.
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