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Thought-Provoking Article Offers Insights into Mickey Marcus's Illustrious Career, Character, and Courage

Veterans in front of Mickey Marcus Tombstone

An article in the The Jewish Link of New Jersey does not just cover the 50th Annual Mickey Marcus Memorial, it also provides a short biography of Mickey Marcus and offers glimpses into his heart and mind. In this excerpt, for example, the author, Leonard Grunstein, goes beyond mere fact-reporting. He looks at Marcus's public service bent, his first-hand experience with the Holocaust, and his Jewish concept of doing the right thing.

From The 50th Annual Mickey Marcus Memorial Service at West Point by Leonard Grunstein:

Mickey contacted a number of retired generals, but he discovered that they were unwilling to serve in the IDF without assurances that their army status, careers and citizenship would not be jeopardized. Mickey, though, had seen the results of Nazi atrocities in Dachau. He knew, first hand, the suffering of the Jewish Displaced Persons. He understood the urgent need of Holocaust survivors to be in a homeland of their own. It would appear he followed Hillel’s adage (in Pirke Avot 2:5), "B’Mokom Sh’Eyn Ish, Hishtadel L’Hiyot Ish" (In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man). Mickey Marcus, therefore, determined to do the job himself. He reportedly said that he may not be the best man for the job, but he was the only one willing to go.

Grunstein offers inspiration as well, noting that "We live in troubling times, with terrorist threat and actions seemingly a part of the new normal. The brave heroes we honored did not take these kinds of perils lying down."

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European Nation Honored as Savior during 50th Mickey Marcus Memorial

Proclamation from Israel to the Czech Republic, Slovakia

As we look back at Israel's history during this 68th Anniversary month, we remember that the nation was in a dire situation as soon as it declared independence. An event that took place on April 17th, 2016, at the US Military Academy at West Point not only memorialized Colonel Mickey Marcus, the American graduate of West Point who became Israel's first modern general, but also thanked the Czech Republic and Slovakia with a proclamation signed by Israel's President Reuven Rivlin, stating that without Czechoslovakia's assistance, Israel's existence would not be likely today. 

Continue Learning about this Historic Event

Read President Reuven Rivlin's Proclamation to the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Also, a Letter to President Rivlin from Smoky Simon, Chairman, World Machal

USMA West Point Jewish Chapel Sign
Mickey Marcus Tombstone
West Point Ceremony

 

Mickey Marcus Memorial Service - Sunday, April 17, 2016

The 50th annual Mickey Marcus ceremony will take place on April 17th at the Jewish Chapel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL PROGRAM COMMEMORATING COLONEL DAVID ‘MICKEY’ MARCUS AMONG THE 41 U.S. AND CANADIAN VOLUNTEERS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN ISRAEL’S WAR OF INDEPENDENCE (1947-1949).

Program

10-10:50 - Coffee hour in the Chapel Social Hall

11:00-12:15 - Memorial Service in the USMA Jewish Chapel led by Chaplains and choir Jewish War Veterans-Rockland/Orange District presenting the Colors. CH (MAJ) Henry Soussan (USMA) and guest rabbis officiating. 

Musical renditions by the West Point Jewish Chapel Cadet Choir, SAR High School Choir and Shapiro Family Choir.

Tribute to the Czechoslovak People; Recalling their Support During Israel’s War of Independence

Message from the State of Israel: Ambassador Ido Aharoni

Distinguished Guests: 

Consul General of the Czech Republic: Hon. Martin Dvořák

Consul General of the Slovak Republic: Hon. Jana Trnovcova        

                                                                              

12:45-1:15 - USMA Military Cemetery. Honoring Col. David ‘Mickey’ Marcus  among the fallen volunteers in Israel’s War of Independence.

Mourners Kaddish and wreath-laying ceremony at the graveside. Firing Salute and Taps by the USMA Honor Guard. 

PLEASE BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS

 

Valid photo ID such as driver’s license, passport or college ID must be shown at the gate by everyone.  Minors will be vouched for by adults.

Contacts: rafi_marom@hotmail.com      donnakparker1@gmail.com      spiegelsi@aol.com          

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