Tales of Our Homeland #1: Trumpeldor’s Nail

Notes and Suggestions for further reading: 

Panel 1 Arab Revolt

Panel 2 Joseph Trumpeldor Ze’ev Jabotinsky 

Panel 3 Trumpeldor, WWI

Panels 4, 8 & 9 Jewish Legion The Zion Muleteers of Gallipoli 

Panels 5,6 & 7 The story here comes from  the excellent Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky, by Shmuel Katz. You can preview the book in Google Books. Quoting Jabotinsky it reads:

“… A worker has his workers interests, a soldier has his ideas about caste, a doctor or an engineer his habit. But among us there must arise a generation which has neither interests not habits. A piece of iron without a crystallized form. Iron, from which everything that the national machine requires should be made. Does it require a wheel? Here I am. A nail, a screw, a girder? Here I am. I have no features, no no feelings, no psychology, no name of my own. I am a servant of Zion, prepared for everything, but to nothing, having one imperative: Build!”

“There are no such people,” I said. 

“There are.”

I was mistaken. The first of them was sitting before me. He was himself a lawyer, a soldier, a farmer. He went to Tel Hai to seek work with the plow, found his death with a rifle, said, “En Davar,” and died immortal. 

Panel 9 The Story of a Sculpture: The Roaring Lion of Tel Hai 

 Tel Hai Museum in Israel – Roaring Lion Memorial in Tel Hai 

Roaring Lion Memorial to Yosef Trumpeldor. (Michael Unterberg)
Zvi Ron

Michael Unterberg (author) and Zvi Ron (artist) have been making comics together since they were classmates in Yeshivah of Flatbush elementary school. They both live in Gush Etzion.

Please do not reuse without permission from the authors. Thank you. 

Download: TFOH#1 – Origins of the Zion Mule Corps

About the Author
Michael is a Senior Israel Educator at Makom. He is a very proud father and grandfather, and lives in Efrat.
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