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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

This picture made me cry

I'm sure many of you have seen this in your email in-boxes, but I couldn't resist sharing it here.


If anyone knows who should be credited for this photo, please let me know.

Hat tip to Yonah.

[Update/Credit:  The photographs are by David Rubinger but the first is now apparently in the public domain as he gave it to the military and press office for wide distribution.  The two pictures appeared as part of an article in the  was done as part of an article by Conal Urquhart of The Observer.  Here is an article that give more background.  Thanks to my old friend David S. for the detective work.]

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These pictures were in the Chicago Tribune last Shabbos. There was a lengthy article accompanying those pictures. One of those pictured (the middle paratrooper holding his helmut) is now an OB/Gyn. He said he laments the current turn of events. If I recall corrcecly the article said he is now in the peace camp.

Posted by: Harry Maryles | Jun 6, 2007 9:52:17 PM

Next frame: their grandchildren

This was very, very moving. I hadn't seen it.

Thank you.

Posted by: clkl | Jun 6, 2007 9:53:32 PM

The left picture (the original) was taken by David Rubinger in Time. While retired, he still has an office near me and so I see him every once in a while.

The other one was an AP shot, I think the photographer was credited but I forget by who.

Posted by: amechad | Jun 6, 2007 10:22:17 PM

It struck a chord here, too. Today is the anniversary of the storming of the beach off Normandy, and many of us in America are steeped in gratitude that there are such Americans who would risk their lives for our freedom, and to prevent the further spread of totalitarianism. Looking at that photo reminds me how similar we are, in some ways, to Israel, and how blessed we are to be forever allies and friends.

Posted by: Erica | Jun 7, 2007 6:48:03 AM

I found this article, via google.


the credit goes to Conal Urquhart of The Observer.

at the end it has a link to The Observer's article.



David S.

Posted by: David S | Jun 7, 2007 7:02:45 AM

Very cool.

Posted by: Jack | Jun 7, 2007 8:22:07 AM

P.S. One of my favorite memories is when I met Mr. Karasenti and got to hear him tell the story first hand.

It was incredible.

Posted by: Jack | Jun 7, 2007 8:24:28 AM

Look, it is sort of Photo Friday.

Posted by: Jack | Jun 8, 2007 5:55:56 PM

It is amazing what G-d can accomplish in a mere six days, isn't it? (But still one has to wonder why it took Him almost 1900 years to get around to it.)

Posted by: Bob | Jun 9, 2007 11:45:55 PM

very moving.

Posted by: Miss Worldwide | Jun 10, 2007 12:55:35 PM

Those were the photos that connected us to Israel. There's nothing like that combined patriotism/spiritual awe that some of us (maybe all of us who remember this time) feel when we remember.

Posted by: zachdus | Jun 11, 2007 5:00:06 AM

Harry Maryles... I'm not sure why you mentioned the fact that the middle guy is now in the 'peace camp' out of all the data that was published about him. Given his service record, I think he's earned the right to whatever political stance he chooses.

clkl... Actually, I was thinking about all the lives that have been touched by these men because they survive... and all the lives, accomplishments and possibilities that were lost with each of the men who died in the war.

amechad... Thanks. Much appreciated.

Erica... Now if only we could get the US state department to realize we're allies. :-)

David S... Thanks David.

Jack... Yes. Very.

Bob... Heck, He created the world in six days. Swatting a few enemies of Israel must have been a relatively small thing. :-)

Miss Worldwide... My wife makes fun of the fact that I 'get stuff in my eyes' when I see stuff like this. :-)

zachdus... It was certainly a more innocent time.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jun 11, 2007 8:45:24 AM

and after all the wars we've had to fight after that, (attrition, kippur, lebanon) (by lebanon 1982 those guys would have been aged around 35 and still active soldiers)

Posted by: asher | Jun 14, 2007 8:53:53 AM

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