I met Yair for the first time one Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest). He talked about his family’s story- sort of a history of Israel foundation: from early Zionism and immigration to Palestine until the foundation of the State of Israel. He also told me about his collection of watches. I found his stories so deeply amazing, that decided to pay him a visit at his home. So there I was, in his kitchen, talking about life, checking some pictures and of course, his collection.
On my mother’s side my grandparents were active Zionist, he said. My grandmother Klara Hirschenzon took part in first Zionist Congress in Bazel in 1897, you can see her on the picture with the delegates. Her brother moved to Israel at age 16 in 1925. I still have his picture, he looks like a Bedouin in his outfit.
Delegates of the first Zionist congress in Basel. Klara Hirschenzon is first on a left at the bottom row