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Hugo Marom, a Czech Holocaust Survivor and the Israeli Airforce Co-founfer, Died in Tel Aviv

 

Hugo Marom, a Czech Holocaust survivor and one of the founders of the Israel Air Force, died last Sunday in Tel Aviv at the age of 89.

Marom was born on October 9, 1928, to a Jewish family in Brno, Czechoslovakia, and was among one of the lucky children, along with his brother Rudy, who got onto Sir Nicholas Winton’s last Kindertransport, which smuggled Czech children to Great Britain during the Holocaust. As a young man, Marom studied in Wales and later enlisted in the RAF air-training school before he and his brother returned to Brno in 1945 to find their parents. Marom later graduated from the Brno University of Technology.With just six months of training under his belt, Marom flew one of the last three Spitfires supplied by the Czechs to Israel. He later became one of the founders of the IAF, commanded the 110th squadron and was the country’s first test pilot. He left the air force in 1964. Marom and his wife settled in the Tel Aviv neighborhood and had two daughters. In 2010 he received the Gratias Agit Award.

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