A talented athlete, Herzog (Sept. 17, 1918–April 17, 1997) was a junior bantamweight boxing champion in his native Ireland.He was also an avid cricket and rugby player. In his later life he became a proficient yachtsman. He served as a major in the British Army during World War II, and was among the liberators of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where a memorial stone stands in his honour.
He subsequently headed the IDF’s military intelligence, and retired with the rank of major-general. He served as a military attaché in Washington, was a lawyer, businessman, diplomat, politician, radio and television commentator in Israel and on the BBC, and a prolific writer. Chaim Herzog served as Israel’s sixth president between 1983 and 1993.
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