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Sign: Ramat Gan - the monument to the victims of the 1948 war

Moshe Sharet St 28, Ramat Gan, Israel
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On the sign:
המצבה לחללי מלחמת תש"ח

המצבה לזכרם של 111 חללים, בני העיר רמת-גן, שנפלו בקרבות מלחמת העצמאות, נחנכה בערב יום העצמאות תשי"ד 1954.

מלחמת העצמאות היתה הקשה במלחמות ישראל וגבתה למעלה מששת אלפים קורבנות, אחוז אחד מאוכלוסיית הארץ באותה שנה.

המצבה עוצבה על-ידי האדריכל אשר חירם והפסל יעקב לנצ’ינסקי, אשר בחרו לחקוק את המשפט:
"כאריות עלו מגאון הירדן"
משפט המבוסס על פסוק מספר ירמיהו (פרק ג, פסוק מ"ד)": "הנה כאריה יעלה מגאון הירדן"

המצבה שוכנת בסמוך לביה"ס היסודי בן-גוריון, אשר נמצא במבנה ששימש את המטה הכללי של צה"ל בזמן מלחמת העצמאות ושממנו ניהל ראש הממשלה דאז דוד בן-גוריון את מלחמת העצמאות.

מרחבת המצבה יש תצפית מערבה לעבר שדירת הגיבורים

שופץ ע"י: משרד הבטחון
אגף משפחות הנצחה ומורשת
היחידה להנצחת החייל
במסגרת אירועי השבעים למדינת ישראל
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The monument mentions a quote from the verse from the book of Jeremiah, but the place of the quote is incorrect, and instead of chapter 3, verse 44, there should be chapter 50, verse 44

The monument was photographed that day Click for a larger image

The title of the monument is: In memory of the people of Ramat Gan who fell in the War of Independence 1948, the names of the 111 martyrs, and the verse "As lions came up from the thickets of the Jordan"
At the bottom is the date of its establishment: 5 Iyar 5714 (1954), sixth year of the State of Israel
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The monument also appears in the "Ramat Gan Open Exhibition" displayed nearby Click for sign's details

Translation of the text on the sign:
The monument to the victims of the 1948 war
Ramat Gan

The monument in memory of 111 martyrs, members of the city of Ramat Gan, who fell in the battles of the War of Independence, was inaugurated on the eve of Independence Day 1954.

The War of Independence was the worst in the Israeli wars and claimed more than six thousand victims, one percent of the country’s population that year.

The tombstone was designed by the architect Asher Hiram and the sculptor Yaakov Lanczynski, who chose to engrave the sentence:
"As lions ascended from the thickets of the Jordan"
A sentence based on the verse from the book of Jeremiah (chapter 3, verse 44) :" Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan "

The tombstone is located near the Ben-Gurion Elementary School, which is housed in a building that served as the IDF’s General Staff during the War of Independence and from which the then Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion conducted the War of Independence.

From the tombstone plaza there is an observation to the west towards the Heroes’ Avenue

Renovated by: Ministry of Defense
Commemoration and Heritage Families Division
The unit for commemorating the soldier
As part of the events of the seventieth anniversary of the State of Israel

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