Hanoch Bartov was born in Palestine in 1926, one year after his parents immigrated from Poland.

As World War II raged through Europe, he was anxious to join the Brigade to look for Holocaust survivors. He was active in that capacity, though what awaited him and his comrades was far worse than anything they imagined. He served as a medic, taking special care of those survivors they encountered in DP camps.

Both a journalist and novelist, Bartov eloquently describes first contacts with survivors. Some years ago he wrote Brigade, a fictionalized account of the Jewish Brigade in action. Hanoch Bartov lives in a suburb of Tel Aviv.

"We were neither saints nor knights. We were simple Israeli Boys who understood that we stand now for the Jewish people..."

"Soldiers are supposed to fight, kill or be killed. And what we did as soldiers, we found dead people and we helped them to go back to life."

"Could it not have happened? It could not have happened. But it did happen, and we are here."

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IN HIS OWN WORDS

HANOCH BARTOV

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IN HIS OWN WORDS

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