Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Shmuel Elchanan





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Published on Apr 4, 2012

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Born in Kovno, Lithuania in 1930, Shmuel Elchanan was interned in the Kovno Ghetto together with his family in 1941. In 1943 he survived the Kinderaktion in the ghetto and in 1944 the family was deported to Germany. His mother was sent to Stutthof and he
and his father were sent to a satellite labour camp of Dachau. He was liberated by the American army after surviving the death march.
After the liberation he met his mother and brother, a soldier in the Jewish Brigade, and emigrated to Palestine in 1945. He studied in a new high school, and after that at Kadouri. He joined the Palmach in 1948 and fought in the battle at Malkiah on the Lebanese border, where he was among the last soldiers on the mountain ridge prior to the retreat.
Today, he is the director 'of the services for the protection of horticulture and the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture, and in the course of his work, participated in the peace talks with Jordan.

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