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Subur, Yitzhak-Mendel (Izzy)

Subur, Yitzhak-Mendel (Izzy)


Son of Malka and Jacob, was born on January 10, 1925, in the city of Zarki, Poland. When he was one year old, the family moved to Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, France. Izzy grew up in a religious and Zionist home, attended a Jewish school in Strasburg and was a member of the Mizrachi youth movement. With the outbreak of World War II, the family wandered past France. In the city of Limoges, to which part of the Jewish community in Strasbourg went, Yitzhak completed an ORT vocational school and received a diploma from a radio engineer. In 1942, the situation worsened and Yitzhak and his friend tried to sneak across the Swiss border. After a tedious walk through winter through the snowy Alps they managed to reach their destination safely – but were turned over by the Swiss border guards to the French police. He escaped from the police, returned to Limoges, joined the Maki (the French resistance movement) and tried again to reach Switzerland, and this time he succeeded. Yitzhak was transferred to a refugee camp in Switzerland, where he joined the “Brit Halutzim Dati’im” (Religious Pioneers) movement, and immediately after the liberation of France he set out on the way to Palestine, through France and Spain and through his parents’ quarters. Yitzhak Mandel immigrated to Israel on June 20, 1945 and joined Kibbutz Tirat Tzvi, and a year later moved to the “Shluchot” group and later became a policeman in Netanya until his enlistment in the IDF. He fought in the Alexandroni Brigade as a machine gun and as a Fiat operator (anti-tank and anti-tank launcher). During Operation Horev, a “liquidation operation” was carried out against the “Faluja pocket,” in which an Egyptian brigade was besieged. The attack took place on the eastern flank of the “pocket” in the area of ​​Iraq al-Manshiyya. The Alexandroni forces broke into the village from the south and took over part of it, but their assault on the hill north of the village was repulsed. Meanwhile, the Egyptians recovered, attacked and forced our forces to withdraw. Part of the force was trapped inside the village. In this battle he fell on the 28th of Kislev 5709 (December 28, 1948). He was buried in Faluja. After a while he was put to rest at the Nahalat Yitzhak Military Cemetery.

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