Israeli tour guide and Holocaust survivor Eliezer Ayalon dies
Eliezer Ayalon, a veteran tour guide for Jewish Federation missions, died late last month. Born in Radom, Poland in 1928, Ayalon was the only child from his family to survive the Holocaust. He spent a year in the Radom Ghetto and then three years in five different concentration camps in Poland and Austria, among them Plaszow and Mauthausen. Shortly after being liberated from a camp in Austria in May 1945, he made aliyah to Israel through the Jewish Agency for Israel’s youth aliyah department. He served in the Israeli army, fighting in the 1948 War of Independence. He then became a tour guide, but it wasn’t until a 1981 meeting with fellow Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel that he began sharing his story, becoming a docent at the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem and lecturing at conferences and universities in the United States and Israel.