Holocaust Survivor Testimony: David Pur





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Published on Apr 4, 2012

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David Pur was active in the Zionist underground. He survived internment in the Siaulai Ghetto, between 1941 and 1945 he was deported to Stutthoff and from there to Dachau. In April 1945 he was sent on a death march from Dachau and was liberated by the Americans in May. Critically ill with typhus, he was hospitalized and came into contact with Jewish Brigade soldiers from Eretz Israel -- a meeting which was to prove a turning point in his life.
On his recovery, David established a youth movement, Nachum, teaching Zionist ideology and preparing for 'Aliyah' in the Feldafing DP camp. He was then sent to Poland, where he established additional branches.
In February 1947, sailing for Eretz Israel on the Theodor Herzl, David was responsible for the education and welfare of 80 child survivors, keeping up their morale when the ship was intercepted by the British and rerouted to Cyprus where they were once again behind barbed wire in the island's detention camps.
A member of Kibbutz Netzer Sireni, David served for many years as the secretary of Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed, established the district school at Kibbutz Givat Brenner and chaired the Pedagogical Unit at the Ministry of Education. He also headed the division for Jewish Zionist Education.

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