Ari Means Lion
In March 1960 a momentous meeting took place between Konrad Adenauer, the Federal German chancellor, and Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. Ari Rath was the sole journalist in attendance. A few years later, he met with Helmut Schmidt in Israel. Rath, a trusted adviser in Israeli political circles, he prepared the ground for the historic 1977 visit by Egyptian president Anwar as-Sadat to Menachem Begin in Jerusalem.
Ari Rath, who grew up in Vienna the son of Jewish immigrants from Galicia, was often witness to pivotal historical events; he has now documented them in this highly intimate book. He recounts his memories of the Anschluss and of his escape to Palestine on the children's transport ship Galilee. He describes the hardships of kibbutz life, his years in the USA working for the Zionist youth movement, the part he played in the arduous task of setting up the state of Israel, and the daring activities of the Haganah. And he discusses his newspaper, the English-language Jerusalem Post, principal mouthpiece of a politically liberal Israel until his time as editor-in-chief ended. This is a major testament to the will to survive, as well as an emphatic appeal for understanding and conciliation.
“In his enthralling memoir Ari Rath explores and expounds the soul of Zionism, from Vienna under the Nazis to present-day Israel.” - Ruth Klüger