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Crying For Imma ... Battling for the Soul on the Golan Heights 1st Edition

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"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

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Night Vision Pr; 1 edition (September 29, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966572203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966572209
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,458,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Crying for Imma, by Hallie Lerman, presents the 1973 story of a handful of Israeli soldiers trying to defend their small border outpost from the invading Syrian army on Yom Kippur, and the rescue efforts that followed. The author has interviewed survivors of the battle and relatives of those who died. She artfully weaves together riveting accounts of the soldiers' experiences with poignant memories of lost young men by their loved ones--accompanied by historical photos of the soldiers, and the author's photography of the people interviewed and of the battle site. Lerman skillfully weaves the past and present together into a compelling expression of love (of country, of family and sweethearts, of fellow soldiers), loyalty, courage, and loss. Jewish readers and those interested in Israel will most certainly find this book significant. But the book's deep and sensitive insights into war's wide-ranging human impact is relevant to all. As a non-Jewish reader, I was deeply moved, and recommend it highly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
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This book is an incredible blend of high quality photography -- from Lerman and archival --and memorable writing. These two skills seem most often to be mutually exclusive, but this is certainly not the case here. The story is compelling but it is the quality and passion of the writing which most impressed me. Not reading this book is like being aware of a great sunset and not watching it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By on April 24, 1999
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Hallie Lerman did a wonderful job finding a way to express the sentiment of Israeli soldiers who experienced the devastating frustration of the opening events of the Yom Kippur War on the Golan Hights. I served with Menachem Ansbacher until his release from the service several months after the war. We all looked up to him and thought of him to be the quintessential Israeli warrior. He was full of life and had a unique ability to motivate people when the chips were down. After reading this book, I realized the great pain Menachem and the others carried with them. A pain that was never verbalized, but, exposed in great detail in the book. I now know what was hiding behind his great smile. Though beyond all hope the war was won, many veterans of the Yom Kippur war are reluctant to discuss their experiences. As this wonderful, warm and poetic book illustrates, war is a terrible waste of human life. I lived 2 miles away from Tel Saki in Moshave Ely-Ad. When I would pass by There, I was always reminded of what Churchill once said -" Never in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many to so few".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Menahem. E-Mail: on November 9, 1998
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I am one of the Israeli soldiers that was there in that war.
I think that Hallie succeed to do what no other until now dared to try. and this is a kind of courage as well. I couldn't leave the book until I reached the back cover, although.......I know all the details... I'm greatfull, Thank you Hallie. Menahem
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