David Teperson, long-serving Mahal veteran from South Africa, dies at 89

In the IDF they called David Teperson ‘Migdal,’ the Hebrew word for tower, because when he came to Israel to fight in the War of Independence, he was so much taller than most of the soldiers and at 1.98 meters literally towered over them.

Teperson was a member of Mahal, the Hebrew acronym for Mitnadvei Hutz La’aretz (Volunteers from abroad).

In later years he became director of the Mahal Museum from his home in Kfar Shmaryahu, because he thought that the Mahalniks had not been given sufficient recognition by the state. However, he was better known for being one of the longest-serving soldiers in the IDF reserves, where he held the rank of colonel, and served more than six decades.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/David-Teperson-long-serving-Mahal-veteran-from-South-Africa-dies-at-89-430655

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