Born in Jerusalem, on 19 December 1929
Aliza Guri, wife of poet Haim Guri, part of the Harel brigade which defended Jerusalem – and the road to Jerusalem-, tells me how one minute after the ceasefire was announced her friend Aharon-Jimmy was shot in the head and how she was asked to deliver the horrible news to the parents. She was given a car and a driver to fetch them before burial in Tsfat. His father was the artist Menachem Shemi. On the way back to Jerusalem both parents are silent on the backseat. From time to time she feels a hand patting he shoulder, one time the mother, next time the father asking her (HER!) “Are you ok?”…” Are you OK?” When they arrived, the son is on a bed, covered by a military blanket. The father uncovers his sons face, takes out his sketchbook and starts drawing. This image in the book “Friends are talking about Jimmy” became the portrait of the 1948 generation.