Palgi, Joel (Nussbecher)

One of the Three Parachutists

Joel Palgi Hebrew sized his name to Palgi in Palestine. An erstwhile parachutist and the only survivor of the original three sent to Hungary in 1944. Survived the war in Hungary and returned to Palestine. With the establishment of El Al, the national airline of Israel in tandem with the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, Palgi became a vice president of Operations, then took charge of its contract division that operated Near East Airlines which specialized in retrieving Jewish immigrants from Arab countries to Israel. He ended his career as an executive of Kupat Cholim of the Histadrut, the labor union’s medical health insurance services. During one of his periodic lecture tours, Kolozsvár-born Palgi suffered a fatal heart attack.

 

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