By Danielle Lieneman
What is legal and what is moral are not always the same. Sometimes the right thing to do isn’t always legal. Sometimes standing up for your convictions can lead to a criminal conviction.
“Al, The Israeli Prometheus” by Varda Yoran explores that very dichotomy as Al Schwimmer faced it. Schwimmer was an American citizen and a World War II veteran long before he was charged with treason and became the face of Israel Aerospace Industries.
Late in the 1940s, enemies surrounded the newly formed Israeli state on all sides and international embargos prohibited the sale of military equipment. Schwimmer, using his experience and contacts as a flight engineer, orchestrated the smuggling of surplus airplanes and defense equipment to the Israeli people fighting for their right to exist. Much like Prometheus, the Greek titan who defied the gods and created mankind, Al’s crimes created history; they helped turn the tide of Israel’s War of Independence and gave the nation a fighting chance.
Yoran and her husband were close friends with Schwimmer and his wife, Rina, during his tenure as president of Israel Aerospace Industries. Drawing on both her own memories of the man and Rina Schwimmer’s personal testimony, Yoran is able to put together the story of Al behind the big decisions and valiant deeds. In this compelling account, the hero is made human.
The paperback release date of “Al, The Israeli Prometheus” is March 4, but you can get the e-book version today! For a short time, it is available on Amazon for only $1.99.
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