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ZIPPY PORATH

Born in Brooklyn, NY, USA on August first 1923.

Photograph is a still taken out of the interview by Noémi Schlosser.

As the winner of an essay contest, Zippy embarked on a ship to go study in Israel for a year. “Little did I know I would arrive at the right time in history” Zippy wrote letters home recounting her adventures during the siege of Jerusalem: “ When I completed my first aid course, the very next morning the Ben Yehuda bombing happened. In Jerusalem, with all the low buildings every single big explosion is heard as if it is behind the corner. So I took my armband saying ‘Magen David Adom’ put it on, and marched through the cordons, the ‘protectors of Jerusalem’, holding arms and holding crowds back. I yelled ‘Let me through I am a nurse. You see every hand was needed’. Because of my English I was seen as the enemy. I got very mad and somehow got through. But when I got through I could not find any first aid station. So I set one up. With my red lipstick I drew a Magen David Adom on a doorpost and in 5 minutes I was in business. I started threating the injured and I collected children looking for their parents.”

 

This page has been donated by the generous contribution of  JackyF.

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