ISRAEL: Reunion at Lydda

From the viewpoint of a moderately successful Jewish merchant, the future in Bobruisk, Belorussia looked very dim after the Bolshevik Revolution. In 1920 Joseph Hecht and his wife decided to send their husky young sons, Shimon and Yehyel, to Palestine. It was a lucky break for the Hecht brothers, because as time went by, the chances of getting out of the Soviet Union diminished to nil. Mr. & Mrs. Hecht were forced to stay in Bobruisk. Shimon and Yehyel became foundation members of Degania B, a communal settlement in the Jordan Valley.

In 1941 the German army rolled into Bobruisk and...

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