US and Israeli military surprise Holocaust survivor on anniversary of liberation

by Leah Rosenberg

The US and Israeli military bands did something special for 92 year old Holocaust survivor Abba Naor. Unbelievably touching.

Honoring a Holocaust Survivor

This past Israel’s Independence Day fell out on the English calendar date of April 29. For many people, that date might not mean anything. But to Holocaust survivor Abba Naor, that date means everything.

75 years ago, on April 29, Abba Naor was freed from Nazi hell. The US armed forces liberated the Nazi concentration camp Dachau. They freed Naor and allowed him to live life again.

So this past Independence Day was a particular special one for Naor who resides in Israel. It was the anniversary of his liberation as well as the birthday of his homeland. But that’s not the only reason it was special. It was special because the United States and Israeli military bands joined together to play Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, for this special man.

The Strong Friendship

This is yet another example of the strong friendship between Israel and the US. Joining together to bring honor to a Holocaust survivor is a beautiful and touching gesture. Most of the world probably does not even know about it. But to Abba Naor, it meant the world to him. After all, the Americans saved him 75 years ago, and he made it clear that he is still grateful.


It is hard to not feel emotional when watching a video like this. Hatikvah means “the hope.” The original version was written way before the Holocaust began and before the state of Israel even existed. And now, over a century later, Israeli and US forces joined together to play the tune for a 92 year old Holocaust survivor on the anniversary of his liberation as well as the birthday of the state of Israel. It can’t get better than that!

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