İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO- David Rubinger, an Austrian-born photojournalist, chronicled the birth of the modern state of Israel, news about Israel, its leaders and its people died yesterday, at the age of 92.
David Rubinger was born in Vienna on 29 June 1924 as only child of Anna Kahane and Kalman Rubinger. His father was a scrap metal dealer and his mother was a housekeeper. After Nazi Germany annexed Austria in 1938, his father was picked up off the street and sent to the Dachau concentration camp. He was released in early 1939 and made his way to England, with a permit obtained by a sister there. David and his mother remained in Vienna. David Rubinger became active in Hashomer Hatzair, a Zionist socialist youth movement. In 1939 he was chosen under a youth quota system to immigrate to what was then British-controlled Palestine, which he called ‘’Eretz’’. After the Second World War, he started photography and became famous in Israel. He is best known for what he called his ‘’signature image’’ of Israeli paratroopers gazing up at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, took in 7 June 1967, during the Six-Days War. Additionally, he was known for his portraits of Israeli leaders, their family and security officers. In 1997, Rubinger was awarded the Israel Prize which is country’s highest honor.
Reuven Rivlin, the President of Israel and Rubinger’s close friend said “David eternalized history as it will be forever etched in our memories ”.