04 October 2010

Sheikh Daoud Bessis, RIP

Sheikh Daoud Bessis of Daliyat al-Karmel, who fought the Nazis during World War II and helped rescue Jewish prisoners, died over the weekend at the age of 96.

The full story of the Sheikh's odyssey.


jams o donnell said...

A brave man. RIP

SnoopyTheGoon said...

This is how Druze upbringing goes. Brave folk.

shira said...

<span>R.I.P zichro livracha זכרו לברכה</span>
<span>A diminishing generation</span>

David All said...

Thanks Snoopy for posting this story about Sheikh Bessis and his fellow Druse who fought against the Nazis. Another heroic person who was a leading figure in the Polish Underground died recently here in Washington. Read her and her husband's magnificient story, "A Local Life: Zofia Korbonski, 95. Polish patriot sent clandestine radio dispatches from Nazi-occupied Warsaw" at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/02/AR2010100203469.html   
Hat tip to Gene at Harry's Place for the post linking to the Post article at http://hurryupharry.org/2010/10/03/rip-zofia-korbonski  

Fewer and fewer of the generation that saved the world from the Nazis and made our lives possible are with us. We must try to record as many of their stories as possible to pass on to the generations that come after us and will know the War and its generation only from history books and films.    

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Well, no, Druze soldiers still do a sterling job in IDF.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

THanks for the link to the Poland story, David.