Tales of our Homeland #8: The Case of the Explosive Jam

Courtesy of Zvi Ron

Notes and Suggestions for further reading: 

The prison break from Acre (Akko) prison is a well documented event in Israel’s history. A fictionalized version appears in Leon Uris’ novel Exodus, and the movie as well. This particular anecdote demonstrates the quick thinking, courage and ingenuity that allowed the Jewish underground networks to confound and defeat the British. 

Panel 1: Acre Prison

Panel 2: Jewish Revolt

Panel 3: Acre Prison Break

Panels 4 – 8: This anecdote appears in the documentary film Flames of revolt : the story of the Irgun. It is related in an interview with Eitan Livni, who was helping coordinate the break from the inside. He was there when the incident occurred, and remembered Tzvi Prusak’s reaction to the guard’s discovery. Prusak was in charge of the kitchen for the Jewish inmates. (Eitan’s daughter Tzipi was a major player in Israeli politics for years. 

Panel 9: Aftermath

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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About the Author
Rabbi Doctor Zvi Ron made Aliyah in 1986, learned in Yeshivat Shaalvim and served as a shooting instructor in the IDF. After receiving Smicha from the Israeli Rabbanut, he and his wife, Sharon, went on Shlichut to Richmond, Virginia where he served as Rabbi of Keneseth Beth Israel Synagogue for 10 years. The Rons moved to Israel in 2004 and live with their four children in Neve Daniel, Gush Etzion. He is the author of two books on Tanach: Sefer Katan V'Gadol and Sefer Ha'Ikar Chaser as well as dozens of articles in numerous publications. He is editor of The Jewish Bible Quarterly and he was a contestant on the game show The Weakest Link.