"Photography and interviews are woven seamlessly together through the work. ... Lerman's work is a memorial to all those lost in this tragic war, and an insight into the psyche of men driven to points beyond normal human comprehension." -- The Jerusalem Post, October 1, 1998
"The battle of Tel Saki is taught in school in Israel to be a battle of courage, heroism and great sacrifice, but it is much more than that. It is also about tremendous fear, terror and feelings of being totally paralyzed." Lerman said. "I have concentrated on one specific battle as soldiers do so that their experiences become more immediate and personal. The universal becomes known only by understanding its details. By understanding the effects of one immeasurable loss readers can discern what happens to a family, a society, to a world at large, long after the war has ended, daily life has resumed, and time has passed." -- The Jewish Journal, West Palm Beach, September 22, 1998
"The strength of 'Crying For Imma' is its intimacy. ... The stories, which move chronologically through the fighting and its continuing aftermath, are detailed and emotional. The descriptions of the fear and frenzy of battle, of maiming and death - juxtaposed with photos of the soldiers alive and well, often smiling, just days away from battle - are chilling." -- The Los Angeles Times, September 29, 1998
"Through photographs that depict moments of precious, whose lives, frozen before the unimaginable catastrophe, and pictures of the sites of brutal suffering, paralyzing fear and unparalleled courage; through the words of those haunted still bya the experiences that forever altered their lives and the life of their country; and through her own lyrical deeply-felt commentary on the Yom Kippur War and its victims and survivors, Hallie Lerman has made known the universal." -- The New Jersey Jewish News, September 24, 1998
From the Inside Flap
In 1973, on Yom Kippur - the holiest day in the Jewish calendar - Syrian forces advanced without warning on a rocky stretch of Israel's northeast border known as the Golan Heights. Years earlier, during the Six Day War of 1967, the State of Israel had successfully captured this critical region while combating Syrian attack. This time, the Israel Defense Forces would face, and eventually overcome, an even more severe martial onslaught that for a few tense days threatened the very survival of the State. With dramatic sweep and poignant intimacy, Crying For Imma: Battling for the Soul on the Golan Heights recounts the invasion and defense of Tel Saki, a small outpost on the Golan Heights where the Yom Kippur War began in patriotism and tragedy. Presented through remarkable words and images that tell stories of bravery, camaraderie, loss and perseverance, the battle for Tel Saki emerges as a microcosm of war's horrific destruction and complex personal entanglements. Much more than a strictly factual account of military maneuvers or a glorified retelling of battlefield heroics, Crying For Imma sensitively reveals the all-too-human intricacies and consequences of wartime experience. By weaving the reflective first-person accounts of Israeli soldiers with archival battle snapshots, photographic portraits and her own poetic prose, author Hallie Lerman adds layers of intellectual and emotional meaning to the historic events she so eloquently reconstructs. Lerman's chronicle of young men - among them Menachem Amsbacher, Shlomo Avital, Yair Yoram, Avigdor Kahalani and her beloved cousin, Jacob Rayman - fighting for their young country is a stirring story of specific people and places, and of universal truths. As a passionate statement regarding the devastation of war and the soldiers' indomitable spirit, Lerman's singular testimony adds an important new chapter to Middle Eastern history. Arriving 25 years after the battle for Tel Saki, and resonating anew in the wake of Israel's recent fiftieth anniversary, Crying For Imma is a valiant, brutal, beautiful and necessary reminder of all that has been lost and gained in the struggle of the Jewish people for their homeland.
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