Wolfgang Von Weisl – an Israeli pioneer will be depicted on a new stamp

Wolfgang Von Weisl – an Israeli pioneer will be depicted on a new stamp
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StampNews.com got to know that Israeli Post is to issue a new stamp honoring Wolfgang Johannes von Weisl. The colorful pioneer and Zionist leader, Wolfgang von Weisl will appear on a stamp in the issue which tells a story of ideals, adventure, passion and dreams.

Von Weisl was one of the most colorful and original figures in the history of the Zionist movement. Legends swirled around him and stories of his adventures and his intellectual heritage could fill volumes.

The stamp depicts two of the many adventures of his life:

On Purim 1929 Jews and Arabs from all around the country as well as neighboring countries celebrated the Carnival in Tel-Aviv. When the whirring of the engines of the Zeppelin airship was heard in the skies over Eretz Israel, the traffic stopped and the crowds cheered at the sight of the latest technological wonder. Dr. Wolfgang Zeev von Weisl, the physician aboard the ship and the representative of the German newspaper conglomerate "UllsteinVerlag" poured 30 kilos of confetti from the ship, a contribution to the Purim merriment and then toasted the "State of the Jews" with a glass of Carmel Mizrahi wine, with German ministers, members of parliament and an Egyptian journalist who was onboard.

In 1948, at the age of 52, he participated in the battles to liberate the Negev. A column of Egyptian tanks was moving forward, threatening to cut off the Negev towns and was only a few kilometers away from the road to Tel-Aviv, which remained open and undefended. Von Weisl, who commanded an artillery battery of two of the four cannons that were allotted to the defense of the whole Negev, climbed a tall tree, binoculars hanging around his neck, and bellowed orders from the treetop. One shell exploded by the front wheel of the lead Egyptian tank. The tank stopped and the entire column of armored vehicles turned around and fled. Von Weisel said a "She’Hecheyanu" blessing and sent a postcard to his wife: "I aimed. God hit".

His dream – to be a soldier in the founding army of the Jewish State – came true.

The background of the stamp features a photo of Tel-Aviv in the 1930′s, courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Stamp tab and First Day Cover – photos of Benjamin Zeev von Weisl, courtesy of Niva von Weisl.

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