|"Suddenly, After 40 Years"|
BY AMIR GILAT
Translation of the Ma’ariv newspaper interview with Yedidia (Eddy) Kaplansky in
Mordechai Rosenfeld on board “The Jewish State”
Mordechai Rosenfeld was born 40 years ago en route to
Mordechai Rosenfeld in
Eddy: “All these years, I remembered that ceremony, held on the
Eddy remembers that 40 years earlier, he had given the baby to the godfather (sandak), Irving Meltzer, the communications officer.
Eddy: “I remember the mother; she was very excited. She wanted the baby to be named Mordechai, after Mr. Meltzer’s father.”
Mr. Kaplansky always wondered what happened to Mordechai. Finally, after 40 years, for the first time in his life Mordechai Rosenfeld could hear details he had never before heard about his birth. His mother died shortly after arriving in
Kaplansky, Canadian-born, is a resident of
The “Mission Impossible” that Kaplansky managed to accomplish occurred recently. A few days ago the phone rang in his house. Mordechai Rosenfeld was on the line. Rosenfeld works as a welder for the Soltam company, a munitions manufacturer. He said, “I think I am the man you are looking for.” After some clarification, they discovered that on Mordechai’s ID card, his place of birth is given as “Born on the way to the Jewish Land.”
Two weeks ago, Kaplansky visited Rosenfeld’s house in Kiryat Haim. For the first time, Mordechai heard after whom he was named, and how and where his first days were passed.
Shortly after landing in
Mordechai: “I was sent to an orphanage in
Eddy Kaplansky immigrated to
He is very happy that he had the opportunity to “close the circle.” The “baby” whom he hadn't seen since his brit milah is now in touch with him.
How Eddy found Mordechai Rosenfeld
Copy of Eddy Kaplansky’s letter in the
To the Editor of the
Sir – A few days after Yom Kippur 1947, there was a brit milah ceremony aboard the Aliyah Bet ship “Medinat Hayehudim” (The Jewish State) while it was sailing towards Eretz Yisrael and its inevitable encounter with the British Royal Navy blockade. The child was born on the special train taking some 2,700 refugees from
In a gesture of appreciation to the crew, the mother named her son Mordechai, in memory of our radio officer’s father. But perhaps later in life he was known by another name.
Now, 40 years later, we would very much like to meet Mordechai and find out what happened to him. Anyone able to help us in this quest should contact the undersigned at