NAME: Aminetzah (Kizhner), Tzvi


DATE OF DEATH: 2.1.1996

Tzvi, son of Yaakov and Yona, was born in 1917 in Khotyn, Bessarabia (part of Romania during the interwar period, now Ukraine). His father was a grain dealer. Tzvi studied in the Tarbut School, and afterwards he went to the Commercial School. He was an instructor in Beitar from 1933 to 1939. There he met Devora Rosenberg, his future wife, who was also an instructor in Beitar. In 1939, he made aliyah through the Aliya Bet Af al Pi program, on the Katina.

He reached the Kfar Vitkin beach, and immediately set out for the Galilee, to a Beitar company, where he was involved in agricultural and security for Mishmar HaYarden and Yesud HaMaala. His family remained behind in Europe. His parents were killed in the Holocaust, but his brother, his sister and his girlfriend Devora survived and made it to Israel after the establishment of the State.

Immediately upon arriving, he joined IZL. After the split, he moved on to Lehi. He was active in Haifa, mainly putting up posters. In 1942, he was arrested by the British, and he was detained in Mizra, Latrun and Acre.

He was included in the first group of 251 prisoners whom the British exiled to Africa on 19.10.1944. He was held at Sembel (near Asmara, Eritrea), Carthago (Sudan), back in Eritrea and finally in Gilgil (Kenya).

He was released and returned to Israel on 12 July 1948. When he returned, he enlisted in the IDF, to the Armored Corps, and he married Devora, who had made aliyah illegally and been detained in Atlit and in Cyprus. Like Tzvi, she was released in 1948. Soon they had a daughter.

After demobilization, Tzvi continued to work as a civilian employee in the same Corps. He was active throughout in the nationalist camp. He expressed his emotions about historical and political events through his pen, writing about his hometown Khotyn as well.

He was active in the Tehiya Movement. He became more extreme as time come on, eventually becoming a follower of Meir Kahane. He remained involved with everything that happened in the country.

He passed away on 2.1.1996, and was buried in Segula Cemetery, Petah Tikv