Documents Revealed

50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War: Do you recognize the praying soldiers?

50 years after the Yom Kippur War, the state archives reveal to the public thousands of documents and photos, including records of soldiers praying in the Sinai desert and across the Suez Canal. Do you identify the people photographed?

(Photo: State Archives)

On the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, the State Archive has revealed thousands of documents, images, and audio clips that have been cleared for publication. As part of the archive's special operation, there was a collection, preservation, and digitization effort for these documents, making them searchable using search programs, despite the fact that they were originally scanned from handwritten or typewritten materials.

Among the documents, there are also thousands of photographs from the war that have been received by the State Archive from various media sources, including Israeli soldiers in prayer. There is no information about the soldiers' names, and for some of them, this is the only documentation from the war, becoming a memory. Some of these soldiers may have been affected in the subsequent battles, and for their families, this is the last documentation of their loved ones.

Who recognizes the praying soldiers?

(APPHO photo: Courtesy of the State Archives)

An Israeli soldier stands on the western side of the Suez Canal, after the crossing between the battles of Yom Kippur and the cease-fire with the third Egyptian army. The photo was taken on October 23, 1973.

(Photo: APPHO courtesy of the State Archives)

An Israeli soldier on a tank in the Sinai Desert. The photo was taken on the sixth day of the war, October 11, 1973.

(Photo: APPHO courtesy of the State Archives)

Israeli soldiers praying the Shabbat prayer inside a bunker on the eighth day of the war, October 13, 1973.

After 50 years, the soldiers in the photos should be around the age of 70 or older. If you recognize any of the individuals in the photos, please write to us in the comments, and we will try to establish contact with them.

0 Comments

Do not send comments that include inflammatory words, defamation, and content that exceeds the limit of good taste.

Israel-Gaza War, International Court of Justice

Abu Mazen welcomes ICJ ruling, calling the war "general aggression against our people"

Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen joins Hamas in celebrating the ICJ ruling ordering Israel to cease fire in Rafah and the southern Gaza Strip.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, International Court of Justice

Sky News Arabia: Hamas welcomes ICJ ruling ordering Israel to cease operations in Rafah

Hamas publicly welcomed the International Court of Justice's ruling that Israel must cease operations in Rafah and the southern Gaza Strip.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, International Court of Justice

Opposition leader Lapid: ICJ ruling moral collapse; government could and should have prevented it

Opposition leader Yair Lapid expressed outrage at the ICJ ruling calling for a halt to operations in Rafah, while criticizing the government for failing to ensure broader international support.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, International Cort of Justice

Liberman: UN institutions and the Hague have become terrorist collaborators

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman condemned the ICJ's ruling today, adding that it was a mistake to cooperate with the court in the first place due to its bias.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, International Court of Justice

ICJ rules Israel must cease operations in Rafah

In an unprecedented step, the International Court of Justice issued an order to Israel to cease operations in Rafah and the southern Gaza Strip.

Yair Amar, JFeed Staff | 24.05.24

Elections, Polls

New Poll: Labour in, Religious Zionism out

A new Lazar-Maariv poll shows relative stability among the parties over the past three months, with the coalition shrinking somewhat and the opposition bloc increasing slightly.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

President Herzog: May the memory of Hanan, Orión, and Michel be blessed

President Herzog posted a message of condolences on X following the news that the bodies of three of the hostages had been extracted and brought to Israel.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Spain

FM Katz: Spanish consulate now prohibited from servicing Palestinians in Judea and Samaria

The move comes after Spain announced its intent to recognize a Palestinian state, alongside the countries of Norway and Ireland.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

PM Netanyahu: We have a national and moral duty to do everything we can to return the hostages - living and dead

The Prime Minister made this statement following the announcement of IDF Spokesperson Daniel Hagari that three bodies of hostages had been extracted from Gaza and returned to Israel.

Avi Woolf | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

Released for publication: IDF extracts another three bodies of hostages from Gaza

The bodies of three of those taken hostage to Gaza were taken back to Israel last night: Hanan Yablonka, Michel Nisenbaum, and Orion Hernandez.

Guy Ezra, JFeed Staff | 24.05.24

Israel-Gaza War

IDF eliminates Hamas Beit Hanoun battalion commander

The IDF eliminated Hussien Fiad, the commander of Hamas' Beit Hanoun battalion today.

Avi Woolf | 23.05.24

Israel-Gaza War, Northern Front

Watch: IDF strikes Hezbollah targets

The IDF struck Hezbollah military structures and observation posts in different areas over the course of the day.

Avi Woolf | 23.05.24