”We did not eat humus or falafel in our house. We had the red cabbage and dumplings common in Germany.“
Israel (Rudolph Max) Gans is born in 1925 in Niederaula, near Frankfurt am Main. In 1934 the family flees to Palestine.
Marlene Dietrich and Jerusalem’s Mayor Teddy Kollek, Jerusalem, 1966
© Michael Maor
Rachel Shazar, wife of the State President, presents Marlene Dietrich with a bouquet of violets, Jerusalem, 1966
© Micha Bar-Am / Magnum Photos
Front page of the “Ha’aretz weekend edition, Marlene Dietrich with Teddy Kollek, Jerusalem, February 25, 1966:
The diva gets in the mood for her concert at the apartment of Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek. Kollek was heavily criticized by the opposition after the photo was published on the title page of the “Ha’aretz” weekend edition: “Here we have a Mayor, a man who should stand for the reputation of Jerusalem and all of its people, including those of religion, and who should generally keep up morale. Look at him here, sitting at the feet of an actress who is infamous for her legs!” “The Lion of Jerusalem” counters: “Actually look at that picture, and pay specific attention to the expression on my face. There I am, sitting next to the most famous legs in the world – but do I seem happy? Am I enjoying this privilege? I’m not even looking! And why not? Why does my face look so serious? Because I just cannot think about anything apart from our annual budget! And I wish you would do the same, instead of wasting more time looking at those legs!” With that, says Kollek in his autobiography (“A Life for Jerusalem”, 1992), the subject was closed.