[July 29, 2008
Becheret Palmach , 1948/50
The book, published in a small edition in Israel in the early 1950s, is dedicated to the memory of the “Palmach” member Menachem Sofer. In 1948, during the Palestinian War, Sofer fought in this paramilitary unit of the Jewish underground organization “Hagana” and two years later became the victim of a lethal landmine accident.In his drawings, he describes his everyday life as a military police officer and reports on the events of this first Arab-Israeli war. The extremely idiosyncratic, posthumous compilation contains, apart from Popeye-like cartoons of army-life and documentary sketches, examples of Sofers ambitious artistic work. The then 16-year-old had to postpone his plans to apply to an art academy due to his military service.