|British commissioner Samuel (center), Chief Rabbi Kook (in fur |
hat), and Mendel Kremer in white suit (1925). Who was this man?
Central Zionist Archives, Harvard
In several CZA pictures, usually in the background -- Forest Gump-like -- stands a stout man identified as Mendel Kremer. Who was he?
|Advertisement for Kremer's pharmacy|
on flyer at the Jerusalem railroad
station (1898) Central Zionist
|Kremer in Turkish |
|Kremer, in suit, with other veterans of|
the Turkish army (1927) Central
Zionist Archives, Harvard
|Kremer with his Turkish|
medals of honor Central
Zionist Archive, Harvard
|Kremer with chief rabbi Yaakov Meir|
(1925) Central Zionist Archives,
When the Turkish Pasha plotted to kill the manager of the British-Palestine bank, Ganchovsky wrote, Kremer warned the manager and smuggled him out of Jerusalem to Jericho. Subsequently, Ganchovsky recounted, the manager's daughter confirmed the story. A woman claiming to be Kremer's granddaughter also contacted the reporter to thank him for "saving my grandfather's honor."
When Kremer died in 1938, the newspaper Davar reported that Jerusalem lost one of its most known figures. The obituary referred to Kremer's experience with Herzl and his work with the Turkish and British police. The latter attended his funeral.