On May 18, 1965, the Government of Syria executed Eli Cohen, despite protests from world leaders and Israel.

  • He was never allowed a defense at his trial.

  • He was brutally tortured during interrogation in defiance of international humanitarian law

  • His body was never returned to his family.

Translation of the Original Letter Before His Death

To My Dear Wife Nadia, and My Dear Parent,

I am writing to you these last worlds, a few minutes before my end, and I would like to beg you to be in a good relationship forever.

I request you dear Nadia to pardon me and take care of yourself and our children. Look after them thoroughly, bring them up and give them a complete education, don't deprive them or yourself of any thing.

Please be always in close communication with my dear Parent.

You can get remarried in order not to deprive the children of a father. You have the full liberty to do so. I am begging you my dear Nadia not to spend your time in weeping about some thing already passed.

Concentrate on yourself, looking forward for a better future!


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I am sending my last kisses to you and to the children: Sophie. Irit, and Shaoul, also to all my family, especially to my mother, my sister, Odette and her family, Maurice and his family, Ezra and his family, Sara and her family, Zion and his family, Alfred (Efrayim) and his family and at the end to Bero (Abraham).

Don't forget also your dear family; give them my best regards.

Don't forget to pray for the soul of my late Father and of mine.

Receive all of you my last kisses and blessing.

Eli Cohen 15/5/1965