Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, named after Mordechai Anilewicz the leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, was established in 1943. It is located south of Ashkelon.
A huge statue of Anilewicz is located within the Kibbutz as is an old water tower which was attacked by the Egyptians at the time of Israel’s War of Independence. The Kibbutz museum is devoted to the brave fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto. During the War of Independence the Kibbutz was on the frontline and was taken over and demolished by the Egyptians. It was later recaptured and the Kibbutz was totally rebuilt. Twenty three Kibbutz members died while trying to protect the Kibbutz and there is a museum and battleground display to commemorate them.
Today Kibbutz Yad Mordechai is famous for its honey production and is one of the major honey makers in Israel.
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