David Rubinger, Austrian-born Israeli photographer, Died at 92

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David Rubinger was born on June 24, 1924, and died on March 2, 2017.

He was an Israeli photographer.

David’s famous photo of three Israeli paratroopers after the recapture the Western Wall in the Six-Day War has become a defining image of the conflict.

However, he was called Rubinger “the photographer of the nation in the making”, by Shimon Peres.

Himself and his wife Anni had a “tempestuous” (in his own words) marriage.

Rubinger wrote in his autobiography Israel Through My Lens that he had numerous affairs over the years, but he also faithfully took care of her in the last years of her life when she was stricken with cancer.

They had two children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

When his wife died, Rubinger was 78 years old, he met Ziona Spivak, a Yemenite immigrant, with whom he had a relationship for two and a half years, although they never married.

That relationship ended in tragedy when Ziona was murdered in her home in 2004 by her former gardener, Mohammad Mahmoud Sabarna, a Palestinian from the West Bank who entered the home and demanded that she give him 25,000 shekels, grabbing a knife and stabbing her to death when she refused.

David Rubinger died at 92 years old.

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