Wednesday, January 6, 2016

From Europe to Israel, From Australia to Japan: Holocaust Survivor's Grandchild Comes Home to Israel and the IDF

"As a child growing up in Japan, Daniel Tomohiro kept hearing stories about Israel . Now he serves in the Nahal Brigade. "

""My grandmother was in Auschwitz and was saved only because a German nurse covered her with a blanket," he says."

"Daniel Tomohiro is not the typical Israeli soldier. His Hungarian grandparents survived the Holocaust, made aliyah, and fought in the War of Independence, but they then moved to Australia, where his mother met and married a Japanese man and moved to Iwata, Japan."

"Now Tomohiro has come full circle and is serving in the Israel Defense Forces, undergoing basic training with the Nahal Brigade's 50th Battalion. On Wednesday, his unit was scheduled to take part in a swearing-in ceremony at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem."