At the same time Chaim (Vivian) Herzog, son of the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel Isaac (Yitzhak) Herzog, and future President of the State of Israel, served as an intelligence officer in the British 32nd Guards brigade of the British Second Army, which took part in conquering Northwestern Germany. In autumn 1944, Herzog met his relatives who survived the Nazi occupation in Paris, not including his cousin Annette Goldberg who was deported to Auschwitz. Herzog hoped (in vain) that she might have survived. In May 1945, Herzog visited the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, a short time after it was liberated by the British Army. On May 5, Herzog was present at the surrender of the German forces between the rivers of the Weser and the Elbe to the British 30th Corps under the command of Lieutenant-General Brian Horrocks.
|Chaim Herzog in British Army uniform, 1944|
Photographer: David Eldan, Government Press Office