I I would like to talk with you about the war. If you feel uncomfortable with any of the things I ask you, please feel free to stop me at any time.
YAELAsk me some specific questions.
I Does war, or did war, affect your own life?
YAELYes, yes. In my case, I started feeling it in 1967, when I was doing my army service. This was the first time that people
I knew very well got killed in war.
I You knew them from the kibbutz or from your army service?
YAELFrom the kibbutz and from other kibbutzim. They had been part of my social group as I grew up. Well, it started in the Six-Day War, when first one friend was killed, then another and another. [She mentions their names.]
I Really, so many young men whom you knew were killed in that war?
YAELIn the Six-Day War, there were two young men from my class; their deaths were the hardest. One of those two classmates was really close to me at the time he got killed. We had been together a lot. And the second -- it was such a shock when I found out about his death, he was so full of life, the type of person whom everybody admires. I was very friendly with his girlfriend as well. I remember thinking: Now the men of my class are beginning to go, and we'll see how many will be left. Then there were several other men whom I knew fairly well. One was an older man from my kibbutz.