Sources and notes for further study
This issue is based on passing references by Begin in his memoir The Revolt. It is a worthwhile (if sometimes rambly) book that is somewhat hard to find these days. Within the epic tale of the Irgun Zvai Leumi’s revolt against the British Mandate, these two small incidents stood out to me. They demonstrated the innate honesty of the man. To a less sensitive soul, these minor actions would have been forgotten. But Begin expressed regret years later.
Line 2 Menachem Begin: The Man of a Thousand Faces from the National Library of Israel website. Great pictures! Wanted poster Begin appears at the lop left. Begin claimed the British used the shadowy picture to make him seem more evil. But it also made him difficult to recognize.
Line 3 The story appears in The Revolt, Chapter VIII, “Man with Many Names”:“On the first Sabbath after our arrival I was honored, as befits a newcomer, by being “called up” to the [Torah]. The [gabbai] asked what my name was. I was afraid to mention my first name lest, in combination with my father’s name, it might recall something to somebody.”
To be continued!
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.
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