Eli Shamir had fallen in a battle Seventy Years ago at the 22 of January 1948
And we commorate him in this article
"Elik was born from the sea"a��.
TheseA� are the most famous opening words in modern Hebrew literature. This sentence became a literary watchword, defining the quintessential sabra, or native born Israeli: born of the sea on the shores of Tel Aviv,A�This powerful image has come to be associated withthe entire Sabra generation of Israel .
This words A�begins the novel With his own hands: Elik's Story (1951() written by A�Moshe Shamir and described the life of his brother Elijah "Elik" Shamir the commander of a guards station on the wayA� A� who had fallen in a battle A�with six members of his squadA� on a journey thatA� never ended in an A�A�aid convoy to besieged Jersualem the city of Jerusalem A�in the in the War of Independence On 22 January 1948, 70 years before the publication of this article. , A journey that became part of Israeli A�national memory.A� A�The Last day of Elik Shamir was burned in the nationalA� memory. ItA� served as the basis .to the final of a classic book
The book With his own hands: Elik's Story is an account of the short, eventful life, of Moshe Shamir's brother Eli, from his childhood to his murder by Arab marauders.A� ???�?? ?�?? ?�He was leading a group of Hagana defendersA� The book A� became an icon of that war and of A�Israeli literature in general.A�Elik's Story was translated into English, adapted into radio plays, And A�for television movie . It is one of the greatest Israeli bestsellers of all time, selling to date over 150,000 copies. It even A�became part of the program of study in schools
To commemorate Elik Shamir death we bring here 2 chapters from the book in English translation: The firstA� are A�the thoughts A�of the writer about the character of Elik his brother A�and his heroism and was written shortly after the death of Elik rand is taken from The Living rampart :an anthology dedicated to the struggle of Israel /edited by Yehuda Haezrahi London :A�Zionist Youth Council,A�
Elik at the final battle .picture by Samuel Katz
The secondA� describes Elik A�last hours and the final battle A�and is takenA� A�from With his own hands /A�Translated from the Hebrew by Joseph Shachter Jerusalem :A�Israel Universities Press,A�1970
Elik Shamir picture by Yaacov Guterman
A new comics by Daniel Goldstein about the final hour of Elik:
After words to the book and about Elik Shamir by Hebrew writer Josef Aricha
More documentary A�material about Elik Shamir and his :last day can be found here