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Teddy Kollek

AKA Theodor Kollek

Born: 27-May-1911
Birthplace: Nagyvázsony, Hungary
Died: 2-Jan-2007
Location of death: Jerusalem, Israel
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Mount Herzl National Cemetery, Jerusalem, Israel

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician

Nationality: Israel
Executive summary: Mayor of Jerusalem, 1965-93

Military service: Haganah (pre-Israel underground military)

Named for Zionist Theodor Herzl, Teddy Kollek was born in Austria-Hungary, but fled with his family to Palestine before the Nazis took power. He was a co-founder of Kibbutz Ein Gev on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, at the foot of the Golan Heights. He helped organize Haganah, the underground Jewish military group that sought to rescue Jews from Nazi persecution and, remarkably, he met with a then-mid-level Nazi official -- Adolf Eichmann -- just before the outbreak of World War II, securing the release of 3,000 Jews from German concentration camps and their safe passage to England.

After the formation of Israel, he worked in the administration of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, and was elected Mayor of Jerusalem in 1965, and re-elected to six terms spanning 28 years. During his tenure as Mayor, he was widely credited with rebuilding the capitol as a modern city. He left office in 1993, losing a re-election campaign to Likud candidate and future Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He is the namesake of Teddy Kollek Football Stadium (commonly called Teddy Stadium). His son, Amos Kollek, is a well-known actor and director.

Father: Alfred Kollek (banker)
Mother: Margaret Kollek
Wife: Tamar Schwarz Kollek (m. 1937, one son, one daughter)
Son: Amos Kollek (actor/director, b. 1947)
Daughter: Osnat Kollek-Sachs (artist, b. 1960)

    Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 1985
    Israeli Mayor Jerusalem (1965-93)
    Israeli Official Director-General of Prime Minister's office (1952-65)
    Israeli Official Diplomat, assigned to US (1951-52)
    Israeli Official Foreign Ministry (1949-51)
    Hungarian Ancestry

    My Architect: A Son's Journey (13-Apr-2003) · Himself
    Double Edge (30-Sep-1992) · Himself
    Goodbye, New York (17-May-1985)

Author of books:
My Jerusalem: Twelve Walks in the World's Holiest City (1990, with Shulamith Eisner)
Jerusalem: A History of Forty Centuries (1968, with Moshe Pearlman)
For Jerusalem: A Life (1978, with Amos Kollek)
Pilgrims to the Holy Land: The Story of Pilgrimage through the Ages (1970, with Moshe Pearlman)

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