This story originally appeared on July 7, 2015.
Photo graciously provided by our wonderful Sandra Crook. Thank-you, Sandra!
The image reminded me of some of the equipment of an old agronomy compound I visited back in October of 2014 (now an historical site and museum) formerly owned by the Aaronsohn Family.
One of the sisters, Sarah, played an important role in their story.
And this is it …
After four days of excruciating torture by the Turks, Sarah asked for permission to change her bloodied dress. A small price, she thought, for an intercepted message to the Brits. She wrote a letter awhile back telling the story of how she hoped the efforts of the NILI* Spy Ring would destroy the Ottoman Empire’s cruel dominance in exchange for British rule in Palestine.
The soldiers escorted her through her family’s agronomy compound to the farmhouse. Walking into the bathroom, she grabbed the gun concealed in the wall panel and used it on herself.
Now, they would NEVER break her.
*NILI stood for “Netzach Israel Lo Ishaker (1 Samuel 15:29) which, translated into English, is also the title of the story.