Statue of Tel-Hai, Upper galilee, Israel
The Statue of Tel-Hai, the lion of Judah, Joseph Trumpeldor's memorial in Tel Hai.
Joseph Trumpeldor (December 1, 1880 - March 1, 1920?, Russian: ????? ???????????), was an early Zionist activist, notable for helping organize the Zion Mule Corps and bringing Jewish immigrants to Palestine.
After his death, Trumpeldor became a symbol of Jewish self-defence, and his memorial day on the 11th day of Adar is officially noted in Israel every year. His reputed last words, "Never mind, it is good to die for our country" , became famous in the pre-state Zionist movement and in Israel of the 1950s and 1960s. These words closely resemble a translation of Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, the famous line from the Roman lyrical poet Horace's Odes, which can be rendered in English as "It is sweet and honourable to die for one's country," or "It is sweet and fitting to die for the fatherland"
- Amit Erez
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