September 06, 2004

Not as Tough As I Thought

I'd believed that I had developed a pretty thick skin regarding sad stories working as a journalist and living in Israel, but the lead story in Yediot Aharonot today had me in tears.

It recounted the actions of a brave teacher in the Russian school whom the terrorists offered to allow to leave, and he refused, saying he wouldn't leave his pupils -- how he stood up to the terrorists and demanded water for the children -- who told them that they should be ashamed of themselves for what they were doing -- and who, ultimately, threw himself on a grenade in order to spare the children's lives and was killed.

The article compared him to the famous Holocaust hero Janus Korschak.

I haven't seen the story written in English anywhere, though I'm sure it must be out there somewhere. What a story of bravery.

UPDATE: I haven't seen any reference to the story in the international press since I've blogged it. If none turns up, I'm going to have to translate more of the Hebrew myself, because it's really an amazing story.

UPDATE 2: I translated it here.

Posted by allisonks at September 6, 2004 01:44 PM | TrackBack

I went looking for this article but have not been able to locate it anywhere.

Posted by: Jack at September 7, 2004 08:28 AM

I think most parents fussed a few minutes longer over their kids before sending them off to school this week... I know I did.

It also added a new dimension of disbelief to the revelation that many Israeli school security guards leave school grounds before the kids do (due to monetary constraints). What are people thinking???

Posted by: David at September 7, 2004 09:00 AM

I'm having trouble with the link to your translation. is it me?

Posted by: Laura at September 8, 2004 02:54 AM

I'm also having problems getting to this link... please correct it. Our hearts go out to the people/children of Russia!!!!!

Posted by: Mike / Seattle WA USA at September 9, 2004 05:15 AM

The link to your translation doesn't work for me either, sorry.
I hope you can get it working.

All this (recent events) makes me very afraid of the black heart
of Islam.

Ishhi, in Japan, came from RogerL.Simon's blog.

Posted by: Isshi at September 9, 2004 06:05 PM

Here is a working URL for the story.

Posted by: Alan at September 9, 2004 09:49 PM
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