Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In Memorium

Photo: A.P.

In the Rishon Le'Tziyon chess club, [link in Hebrew] there is an old an battered chess set. The set is not expensive or special. It is a rather ordinary wooden set. It was donated in 2005 by the Israeli chess player, coach, and overall Rishon Le'Tziyon club "character", Shmuel "Dugo" Friedman. One can find many photos of him in the 'history' section of Rishon Le'Tziyon's chess club's web site [link in Hebrew].  It is dedicated to the memory of his parents and family.

Why would he donate an old chess set to the memory of his parents and family? Because, the signs in the photo explain (the bottom sign is illegible in this picture) this is the very set they played on until they were shipped to Auschwitz, where they were murdered in 1944.


"Dugo" (b. 1919) should not be confused with the other Israeli player named Shmuel Friedman (b. 1951).

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