Velvet Eyes: My Main Goal Was This Trip In Tel Aviv, Our Couple Needed To Enjoy Some Time With The Jewish People! 8th New Episode (1952). Publication: Sept 8, 2009. A Story By Mike Fuller, PhD.

August 29, 2009

I was retired now but still living in Prague where Valentine continued working at the Embassy, reopened after the war. Malcolm arrived after us in Tel Aviv but he did not look well. He was a banker in London where we had been invited many times but we refused to go more than once for the reason that I did not really appreciate his wife. He told us that he was too busy because of his job and he did not have the time to relax. I explained him that relaxation is more than an art, a gift that you get after you express yourself enough to win when you fight for a cause that is yours. He smiled. His mother was going to a meeting of Jewish women that day about the program of development of Israel, then we decided to go the theater to see an American movie, I don’t remember the title but it was a great one and we laughed, we laughed. It must have been a Jerry Lewis movie!
Tel Aviv was a smart town, with a great design for the streets that looked poor but urban and well organized with nice colors for the cars that never drove too fast and a sun that was sending us its best, all the time. 30 years after our wedding, I did not feel like an old man, and I was thinking recurrently about all our adventures. I was there and not there and I had a lot of persons to call. I forgot the list at the hotel this day when I had a drink with Isidore Maayan who was a professor at the university of Tel Aviv, a very new one with already young students, who wanted to know about their future, he told me, more than the past, that they left in Europe. It was the contrary for me and I remembered him and me in the streets of Prague in 1929 when we heard about the Crash in Wall Street in the newspapers of the day. He said: “that’s something unique and terrible for your country. I am afraid that it will create a panic worldwide. But there will not be a war right now because Europe is in peace, but you America, when you’re sick, there is a danger, for the democracy, all around the world.” I agreed and we decided to go to my office in order to read more about the Wall Street crisis and try to understand. He was a young professor at that time and his specialization was international law. I met him at the Prague university several times, then he decided to leave for Belgium in 1935 and I received letters from him twice a year. A very good man, now in his 60 and so young looking.”
Valentine stayed with Malcolm in the hotel as our son did not sleep the night before. We decided in the evening that it was better for him to go back to London because he was really in a strange mood and obviously exhausted by his life and his job. We were at the airport to say goodbye and he told us that he would come to Prague to visit us one day soon. I was concerned about his health, he was kind of fragile and he promised to go to the doctor when in England. There was a banquet for us the same evening with a group of people that we did not know but they created a historic society about the victims of Nazism and Europe before the Third Reich. Everybody was singing some old Jewish songs when we arrived and it was truly emotional and historic for us as Valentine showed them respect and love for Israel and its people by saying: “we are all Jews now and we practice your religion every time we promote your blessed state and read the Torah. You are a part of the history of the world, the best part.” Everybody applauded, I was crying a little and I touched her hand when she looked at me and said: “you don’t know all that things, you’re too young but you’re wise!!”
When we left Israel, we had the feeling that it was the beginning of a new era, for us and for everybody. The sea was quiet as usual, the world was not safer but we were certain that, sooner or later, Israel would become the principal location for hope in a better universe, without hate and fights, with some solidarity shared by everyone.

“I was retired now but still living in Prague where Valentine continued working at the Embassy, reopened after the war. Malcolm arrived after us in Tel Aviv but he did not look well. He was a banker in London where we had been invited many times but we refused to go more than once for the reason that I did not really appreciate his wife. He told us that he was too busy because of his job and he did not have the time to relax. I explained him that relaxation is more than an art, a gift that you get after you express yourself enough to win when you fight for a cause that is yours. He smiled. His mother was going to a meeting of Jewish women that day about the program of development of Israel, then we decided to go the theater to see an American movie, I don’t remember the title but it was a great one and we laughed, we laughed. It must have been a Jerry Lewis movie!

Tel Aviv was a smart town, with a great design for the streets that looked poor but urban and well organized with nice colors for the cars that never drove too fast and a sun that was sending us its best, all the time. We were in Jaffa to appreciate the origins and the time it takes to build a culture. 30 years after our wedding, I did not feel like an old man, and I was thinking recurrently about all our adventures. I was there and not there and I had a lot of persons to call. I forgot the list at the hotel this day when I had a drink with Isidore Maayan who was a professor at the university of Tel Aviv, a very new one with already young students, who wanted to know about their future, he told me, more than the past, that they left in Europe. It was the contrary for me and I remembered him and me in the streets of Prague in 1929 when we heard about the Crash in Wall Street in the newspapers of the day. He said: “that’s something unique and terrible for your country. I am afraid that it will create a panic worldwide. But there will not be a war right now because Europe is in peace, but you America, when you’re sick, there is a danger, for the democracy, all around the world.” I agreed and we decided to go to my office in order to read more about the Wall Street crisis and try to understand. He was a young professor at that time and his specialization was international law. I met him at the Prague university several times, then he decided to leave for Belgium in 1935 and I received letters from him twice a year. A very good man, now in his 60 and so young looking.”

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Tel Aviv Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary in 2009. "We knew That The City Would Grow Fast To Look Like An European Capitale And Even More."

http://www.telavivfoundation.org

Valentine stayed with Malcolm in the hotel as our son did not sleep the night before. We decided in the evening that it was better for him to go back to London because he was really in a strange mood and obviously exhausted by his life and his job. We were at the airport to say goodbye and he told us that he would come to Prague to visit us one day soon. I was concerned about his health, he was kind of fragile and he promised to go to the doctor when in England. There was a banquet for us the same evening with a group of people that we did not know but they created a historic society about the victims of Nazism and Europe before the Third Reich. Everybody was singing some old Jewish songs when we arrived and it was truly emotional and historic for us as Valentine showed them respect and love for Israel and its people by saying: “we are all Jews now and we practice your religion every time we promote your blessed state and read the Torah. You are a part of the history of the world, the best part.” Everybody applauded, I was crying a little and I touched her hand when she looked at me and said: “you don’t know all that things, you’re too young but you’re wise!!”

When we left Israel, we had the feeling that it was the beginning of a new era, for us and for everybody. The sea was quiet as usual, the world was not safer but we were certain that, sooner or later, Israel would become the principal location for hope in a better universe, without hate and fights, with some solidarity shared by everyone. “

Velvet Eyes: My Main Goal Was This Trip In Tel-Aviv, Our Couple Needed To Enjoy Some Time With The Jewish People! 8th New Episode (1952). Publication: Sept 8, 2009. A Story By Mike Fuller, PhD. All rights reserved.

Marc Chagall - La Mariee (1927). Jonathan and Valentine Were in Israel In The 1950's Because They Wanted To Visit The Country And Meet The People Who Built It As An Eternal Dream On Earth Like Their Love.

Marc Chagall - La Mariee (1927). Jonathan and Valentine Were in Israel In The 1950's Because They Wanted To Visit The Country And Meet The People Who Built It As An Eternal Dream On Earth Like Their Love.

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