Living History: A Memoir

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Pantheon Books, 1996 - History - 448 pages
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Born during the Irish revolution to Ireland's chief rabbi, Chaim Herzog spent his formative years in Dublin's Irish-Jewish ghetto before being sent to school in Palestine. An officer in the British army during World War II, he helped to liberate the German concentration camps and was one of the first Allied witnesses to the atrocities of the Holocaust. Herzog returned to Palestine as a Zionist dedicated to the formation of the State of Israel. Through his eyes we see that process: from his days in the underground movement to his rise to the rank of general in the Israeli army and his involvement in creating Israel's superb intelligence agency. In the turbulent 1970s Herzog was appointed Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, never shrinking from the fight even when it seemed the entire world was against him and his country. And in 1983 he achieved his greatest success when he was elected president of Israel, a position he held for ten years.

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