Alex Dancyg, a historian with dual Israeli and Polish citizenship kidnapped by Hamas on October 7, is alive and well, the 7Israel portal reported on Tuesday. Dancyg was supposed to deliver the news to the family through the hostage released on Monday.
75-year-old historian Alex Dancyg, a dual Israeli-Polish citizen, was abducted from his home on Kibbutz Nir Or during the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel. As the 7Israel website writes on Tuesday, the man is alive and feeling well. Information from Dancyg was to be provided by a hostage who was released by Hamas on Monday.
The historian receives medications that he has to take systematically since the bypass implantation – said his son-in-law Jaron Maor, and the released hostage claims that the historian gives lectures to several fellow-imprisoned Israelis from the same kibbutz. “When we heard he was giving lectures, we started laughing,” Maor said. – He’s an expert, he loved lecturing us until we were so fed up we wanted to run away from the table. Now where should his listeners escape? – added.
The family of the kidnapped said that after this information, there was a glimmer of hope that their loved one would survive.
On October 7, the terrorist organization Hamas attacked Israel, murdering about 1,200 people and abducting over 240 to the Gaza Strip. The youngest kidnapped hostage is 10 months old, the oldest is over 85 years old.
Born in Warsaw in 1948, Alex Dancyg is a long-time collaborator of the Yad Vashem Institute of Remembrance for Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes. Educates Israeli guides who lead groups of young people around Poland. He is also the co-author of a report on the image of Poland in textbooks for Israeli high school students.
For several decades, he has been explaining Poland to Israelis and Israel to Poles. He organized contacts between young people from Israel and their Polish peers, taught Polish teachers, museum workers and priests, and visited Polish schools. It also enabled meetings, supported and inspired people who in both countries work for Polish-Jewish understanding.
Dancyg and his entire kibbutz Nir Oz maintained good neighborly relations with the Arabs of Gaza. He believed that peace was possible.
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