Teperson, David 'Dawie' 'Migdal' ben Avraham (Abraham)

Birth Name Teperson, David 'Dawie' 'Migdal' ben Avraham (Abraham) [1] [2]
Call Name 'Migdal'
Gender male


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth October 6, 1926 Cape Town, South Africa  

Event Note

David Teperson, age of four, moved to Johannesburg, where his parents, Abraham and “Ma Teppy”, bought and ran a hotel.

Event Note

David Teperson and his family lived in Johannesburg, Ficksburg, Cape Town, Clanwilliam, Springbok, Vryburg and Garies, as well as in Namibia.

Military Service   מח"ל מתנדבי חוץ לארץ ‎Machal Volunteers from Abroad  

Event Note

David Teperson travelled to Palestine illegally via the DP camps in France, to be among the first South African volunteers to fight with the Palmach.

Boat May, 1948 SS Teti SS Teti sailed from Marseille, arriving at Tel Aviv, on May 14

Event Note

David Teperson travelled to Marseille and sailed to Palestine on a Haapalah ship.
David Teperson cites: "On April 4, 1948, we boarded a World War II Dakota airplane which had refueling stops all the way up Africa," he writes in his book. The plane landed in Cairo and although he and another man got through customs, the other seven were arrested."

Event Note

David Teperson cites: "At five o'clock in the morning of May 15, we moved towards the Tel Aviv port, being, I think, the first ship to hoist the Israeli flag when entering the port of the new State of Israel."
"The ship - the Teti - moved toward Tel Aviv and barges came alongside with youngsters waving a welcome to the volunteers on board. And then - a true baptism of fire - Egyptian Spitfires were bombing the city; one was shot down and crashed into the beach."
"We saw it happening from the ship, it was like watching a movie," he recalls. They disembarked an hour later and Jewish Agency officials began processing them. One moving incident remained engraved on his memory."



Event Note

Although an old man by 1948, Samuel Brand emigrated from Germany to the Jewish homeland.
He was the first person from the ship to set foot on Israeli soil.
Samuel Brand carried with him the first visa issued by the Immigration Department of the Government of Israel.

Military Service   חטיבת אלכסנדרוני חטיבה 3 Alexandroni Brigade, צה"ל  

Event Note

David Teperson joined the 34th Armored Battalion of the Alexandroni Brigade and was given a pre-World War I Louis machine gun. and a day after landing in Palestine, he was fighting on the central front.

Marriage August, 1949   David Teperson married Shoshana

Membership   מושב הבונים moshav HaBonim, חוף הכרמל, חיפה, ישראל  



Father Teperson, Abraham
  1. Teperson, Monty ben Avraham (Abraham)


Unknown Partner , Shoshana

Source References

  1. The Volunteer
  2. Eyes of the Beholder


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