Granek, Dov-Bernard

Granek, Dov-Bernard

Dov (Dovle), son of Hannah and Joseph, was born on 26.11.1948 in Lyon, France. When he was three years old, his family moved to Montevideo, Uruguay. Where he was educated in the elementary school, and in the afternoon he studied religious studies in the Jewish community. From a young age, he was a member of the Bnei Akiva youth movement, where his love for Eretz Yisrael grew and deepened. When he was twelve, his parents promised him that after his Bar Mitzvah he would be sent to study in Israel. In 1962, he was only thirteen years old, boarded a ship and spent three weeks on his way to Eretz Israel, where he began studying at the Or Etzion yeshiva in Nahal Lachish, and continued on to Bnei Akiva in Hadera. , he was a member of the “Bnei Akiva” Yeshiva, was very active and helped establish the Bnei Akiva youth movement in Hadera, where he completed his studies and decided to study Torah at a high yeshiva. Dov was drafted into the IDF in mid-November 1967 and assigned to the Armored Corps. In the course of his service, he took part in a course for the non-commissioned officers of the Armored Corps and the Infantry Officers Course, with excellent grades. The officer was sent to the Suez Canal area in the midst of the War of Attrition, and his commanders, who knew his talents, appointed him the deputy commander of the Armash company in the central sector of the Suez Canal. After a while he was appointed commander of the company. He was endowed with a strong spirit and the ability to withstand pressures during the battles and bombings, and he also knew how to encourage his subordinates to instill confidence and faith in them. Throughout his period of service, he continued to study Torah himself. In mid-November 1970, after completing compulsory service, he married his girlfriend Zehava, and over the years they had two daughters, Idit and Hagit. He worked as a customs agent in a film company in Givatayim and was respected by his superiors. He was “crazy” over his daughters, as his acquaintances said, and he loved his wife, he passed a nother course with a high grade and completed about a week before the war broke out. In the Yom Kippur War, he served as a commanding officer on the southern front On October 8, 1973, during one of the difficult battles that took place in Sinai, Dovale was killed and brought to eternal rest in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery. He was followed by a wife and two daughters, a father, a mother, two sisters, and a brother.
In a letter of condolence to the family, his commander wrote: “Dovle excelled in dedication and responsibility, and in his unit, he played a central and responsible role as an operations officer. In the letter, the Minister of Defense for the Family said: “Dov was defined as an excellent officer, capable, dedicated, responsible, enterprising and excelling in operational activity.”

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