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  2/24/2013, Adar 14, 5773

Mother of the Groom in Versailles Tragedy Passes Away


Aliza Dror, the mother of the groom in the 2001 collapse of the Versailles banquet hall in Jerusalem, passed away this week as a result of a serious illness. Twenty-three people were killed in the tragedy, including her father and brother, as well as the deputy manager of the bank where she worked. Dror was one of  300 injured, falling three floors. Her husband also suffered injuries, falling four floors. Interviewed about two years ago by the Yediot Yerushalayim newspaper, she recalled being bedridden for half a year due to her injuries but returning to work as a way to survive, especially with the help of her co-workers, some of whom were also injured, although she and other members of the family never got over the tragedy.

In 2004, the three owners of the banquet hall were convicted of causing death and injury by negligence and received sentences of 30 months each. Engineer Eli Ron, whose Pal-Kal construction method was blamed for the disaster, was convicted of causing death by negligence and was sentenced to four years in prison. Three other engineers received 22-month sentences.