Trumpeldor's Letters Reveal the Zionist Icon Wasn't Just in Love With His His Country

Newly uncovered personal letters and short stories written by Joseph Trumpeldor provide a new insight into the charismatic romanticist who died defending Tel Hai in 1920

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“One cannot establish the cause of the breakup,” determined historian Shulamit Laskov 50 years ago in her biography of Joseph Trumpeldor. Laskov was referring to one of the key questions in the tempestuous life of the one-armed fighter from Tel Hai: Why did he break off his engagement to the woman he loved, Fira (Esther) Rozov, after four years?

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