Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The forgotten story of Dora Liese Ettlinger

Dora Liese Ettlinger was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, on the 2nd of August 1922. She came to Manadotry Palestine at the age of 11, in  April 1934, with her mother: the Nazis had come to power and Jews needed to leave. A few days after her 20th birthday, in August 1942, she applied for citizenship from the British Mandate authorities, and supplied this photo.

At some point after she recieved citizenship she enlisted in the British army. On October 14th 1945, still in the British army, she was killed in a traffic accident and buried in Cairo.

The part about her death we know from the folks who run the commemortive website for the soldiers who have died in Israel's wars; as a volunteer from the pre-indiepndence Yishuv she is counted among them. Until recently they knew nothing more about her than her name, date of death and place of burial. Then our new website went up, and they found her application for citizenship, a 20-page file which includes a letter she wrote supporting her application, and all sorts of other documents. Some of them are even in English, that being the language the British authorities used. Thus, a 21st century archival project helped to reconstruct the memory of a young woman who died more than 70 years ago.

1 comment:

  1. Dora Liese Ettlinger, who came to Israel in April 1934 with her dear mother . . . you are not forgotten . . . your people have made sure you're not. May your memory be for a blessing.