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Crying For Imma ... Battling for the Soul on the Golan Heights

by Hallie Lerman

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Twenty-five years after the State of Israel was born, a wrenching, spirit crushing, war was fought which nearly reversed the miracle of 1948. In 1973, as soldiers across Israel were home on leave preparing to observe Yom Kippur, Syria attacked. Unprepared for war, Israel's casualties in the first days of battle were astronomical. This year, twenty-five years later, the wounds of the Yom Kippur War are still fresh, especially for those who survived the grisly, early battle of Tel Saki.. Moved by the untimely death of her cousin, Jacob Rayman, a young American-born Israeli soldier, Hallie Lerman traveled to Israel to document the circumstances of the battle in which he fell. The result is Crying For Imma:Battling for the soul on the Golan Heights (Night Vision Press, 1999), an oral and visual history that transcends the tragedy of one man and transforms it into a universal story of loss as it was felt by an army and a nation. Lerman recreates the invasion and defense of a solitary outpost in the Golan Heights using first hand accounts of the men whose lives were tied together over seventy-two hours under siege. In gathering their testimony, she binds together their stories with images of the men as they were then, and as they are now. With the expert eye of a seasoned photographer, Lerman reads the stolen moments captured on quarter-century old film. A soldier gazes into the camera as it records his last day of life. A medic, her cousin, slouches comfortably off duty with his sweetheart while a sentry stands watchful above them, ever mindful that full relaxation cannot be achieved. Lerman captures moments with the men, as they are now, their boyish faces hidden under the creases of time and worry. Aided by those who fought, Lerman photographed the landscape that bore witness to the unequal battle of Tel Saki. Five soldiers defended the lonely outpost against an onslaught of 150 Syrian tanks until they were forced to retreat into a flimsy bunker. Isolated from the rest of the Israel Defense Force (IDF), a rescue mission was sent out to reinforce the men. Almost all of the reinforcements were killed instantly. In this narrative of three days in a bunker - without food or water - Lerman's interviews and personal observations create the effect of many camera angles capturing a moment from all sides. A man desperate with pain screams out triggering a volley of grenades into the bunker from the Syrians; his officers must decide how to keep him quiet, even if it means death. Each man has his triumphs and regrets, his guilt for having survived, and the weight of a life-altering time that has never been eased. Crying For Imma is an important addition to Israeli history. Her work is a precious memorial to all the men lost in this tragic war, and an insight into the psyche of men driven to points beyond human comprehension..

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