Thursday, December 09, 2010
Dov Shilansky is Dead
Dov Shilansky was President of the Knesset when I became aware of him. His son was building a large tophill villa and he complained that the lights of the plant I was managing didnt let him sleep at night. He demanded the plant to be closed down. Israel was poor and equalitarian them, and it was highly suspicious that a young man had the means to build such a palace and thought himself so important. After the Hirschensohn affair, another top Likud politician (but one that got cought), there is less to wonder.
Dov Shilansky was born in 1924 in Lituania and was among the few camp survivors. He once described the iron solidarity of the movement in the death camps. After liberation he continued leading the movement in Europe and in 1948 he made "aliyah" on the weapon smuggling ship Altalena (pic). He was high in the Likud hierarchy headed by Menachem Begin. His first son was killed in action in 1974 and he asked to be laid next to his tomb.