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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Kibbutz finds note from Michele Bachmann

An artist at Kibbutz Beeri has unearthed a letter written to her by volunteer Michele Amble, known today as Michele Bachmann, nearly 40 years ago.
The kibbutz administrator quoted a newsletter from June 27, 1974, which explained that 23 American tourists arrived at Be’eri for a two-week stay. The group consisted of non-Jewish students aged 17-19 from Minneapolis.

Bar called on kibbutz residents to let him know if they remember the Republican candidate. Artist Ziva Yellin brought Bar a note that Bachmann, then Michele Amble, wrote nearly 40 years ago.

“This is especially for Ziva, who has such a pretty smile,” Bachmann wrote. “Thank you so much for your friendship. I will remember you and think about you always.”

“I don’t remember too many details, because I was only 12 years old then,” Yellin explained. “I know there was a group of girls who would spend time with us in the pool. I remember spreading our towels on the grass next to them for a few afternoons in a row.

“The girls in the group were very pretty, and Michele stood out,” Yellin said, explaining that Bachmann was “very curious and asked many questions.”

After reading Bar’s articles, Yellin found a scrapbook from 1974 with letters from seven volunteers.

“She left a souvenir, proving that she really did volunteer on our kibbutz.” Bar said he does not remember Bachmann or the group, but enjoyed researching and writing about her.

“I have been trying to get in touch with her, but it isn’t easy,” he stated. “I haven’t given up yet, though.”
Someone ought to have Bachmann stop in for a visit there the next time she is in Israel.

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