“I was born a Jew, and among Jews I want to live” — Menachem Urman
This book describes the lengthy, audacious and tumultuous journey of a Jewish boy, born in Poland, whose life was riven by love and war. From a partisan unit and the city of Tashkent back to Poland; from joining the HaShomer HaTzair aliyah movement, through
Haganah training on German soil in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to arrival in the Land of Israel. In Kibbutz Ramat HaShofet, he serves in the fifth brigade of the Palmah in the War of Independence, surviving grievous injury and enjoying the love of exceptional women.
These are the main stations of Menachem Urman’s life, as he makes his way to and set down roots in the soil of Israel. He proves himself to be a dauntless fighter who consistently endangers his own life to save others, a man of great dexterity and skill, gregarious and creative, who contributes significantly to the security of the State Israel.
His endeavors in industry begin with working for the military, but he goes on to establish his own factory, crossing borders and reaching South Africa, Sweden and other lands. In all his actions, his love of the land of Israel and of the Jewish people is always at the forefront.
Menachem Urman is a man who loves life, generous and open-hearted. His fascinating tale is the story of a man who has lived a life of discernment and distinction.
Eli Netzer, Editor