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Remembering Herman Hirschmann z'l (1/1/1938 - 18/3/2017)

Herman Hirschmann Z'l

Herman was the son of Sadie and Jack Hirschmann of Pietersburg (Polokwane SA).

He came to Israel at the age of nineteen in 1957 with the Machal group from South Africa as a volunteer to  the IDF and served in Nachal. During his training he suffered a severe head injury as a result of a shooting accident.

After approximately two years of repeated operations and intensive physiotherapy at Tel Hashomer and Johannesburg General hospital, he made an excellent recovery and was able to live an independent and full life including qualifying and practicing as an optometrist.

He lived and worked both in South Africa and Israel but finally returned here at the age of forty nine when his condition deteriorated and he was no longer able to work. He has since then resided in our home with me and my family.

Herman will be remembered by many as always seeing the full half of the cup, of heroic optimism, love of life, a sharp sense of humour and a charming personality. All those who knew him or participated in his care will remember him with love.

He leaves a sister, Richelle, brother, David, loving family and friends.

"Against all odds, he lived his life to the full".

Written by Herman's sister Richelle Shem-Tov

Herman with his mother Sadie Hirschmann during his posting in the IDF

where he served in the Machal Group from South Africa.

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