Society Sponsors Benefit Recital for
The American Society
University of Haifa dedicated a piano recital that it sponsored on May 1 to the
recovery of the injured and to the memory of those killed in a
Prof. Arnon Soffer had just
started his car after buying a loaf of bread when he heard the blast.
Realizing what had happened, he jumped out and halted oncoming traffic
and pedestrians. He then ran to bus
and helped carry out one of the victims, who as he later learned worked as a
guard at the University. He thought
the man was alive at the time. Soffer,
who is deputy director of the University’s
Soffer said that the enormity of the crime did not sink in while he was attempting to rescue passengers, only the next day. Otherwise, he admitted, he might not have been able to function as he did amidst the carnage.
The two employees killed were Mark Takatsch, who had immigrated 13 years ago; and Anatole Broyokov, 19, a Christian who was employed on the University’s janitorial staff.
The injured students represented in a sense a microcosm of the University’s student body, as the bomb spared neither Jew nor Arab, neither new immigrant nor native born: Guy Shetreet, who is studying philosophy and political science; Salim Zaydeen, Middle East history and sociology; and Yelena Shetzigrin, art history and interdisciplinary studies. All three are pursuing their Bachelor’s degree. The University is providing full tutorial help, assistance with financial problems resulting from the attack, and psychological counseling.
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