My name is Menahem Stern.

I am 64 years old.

I was born in Poland in 1925, but I made aliyah to Israel in 1938. I met and married my wife Hava in 1952 and we have three beautiful children - a daughter and two sons. I have spent my life devoted to the study and teaching of history, specializing in the ancient time period of the second Temple. I even had the chance to study at England’s esteemed Oxford University as a young man! I worked my way up from graduate student to lecturer, and in 1971 I became a professor, publishing six books during my tenure at Hebrew University. In 1977, I was awarded the Israel Prize for the history of the Jewish people and in 1979, I was appointed to the Israeli National Academy of Science. I even served as the president of the Historical Society of Israel.

 

On June 29, 1989, as I walked to work at the university Givat Ram campus, I was attacked by two Palestinian terrorists Salah Khalil Ahmad Ibrahim and 56 year old Muammar Ata Mahmoud of Hebron. They stabbed me repeatedly before fleeing the scene, leaving me to die in the street. In 2013, Mahmoud was released in a prisoner exchange. Two years later he attacked and wounded an Israeli border guard.

My name is Menahem Stern. I am 64 years old.  And I am one of The Fallen Faces.

 

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