Joseph Trumpeldor, 1880-1920

Trumpeldor lost an arm in the Russo-Japanese War and was the most decorated Jewish soldier in the Russian army. He led immigrants to Palestine to be farmers in 1911. During World War I, he helped Ze’ev Jabotinsky launch Britain’s all-Jewish Zion Mule Corps. He was killed fighting Arabs at Tel Hai and became a Zionist martyr. His supposed dying words, meaning “It is good to die in service of our country,” have inspired Jewish fighters ever since.

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