NAME: Ben-Yosef (Domashevitzky) Michael


DATE OF BIRTH: May 5, 1917

DATE OF DEATH: November 27, 1982

Michael was born in Wolkovisk  Poland  May May 5,1917 to  Yosef and Luva. His father was a forestry specialist who managed lumber deals, his mother a housewife raising their children, Michael, Shmuel and Tsipora with tenderness and care. The house was traditionalist  Zionist. Michael studied at ‘Tarbut Hebrew High-School’ and joined Beitar very young.

He immigrated to Israel 1935 as a student at  Hebrew University Jerusalem. He arrived at his cousin’s south Tel-Aviv home and  made it his home. In Tel-Aviv he met Yitzhak Shamir, also from Wolkovisk, who studied with him at ‘Tarbut’. Shamir recruited him to Etzel. Michael studied only briefly at university because he dedicated himself entirely to  underground work. During the split, Michael joined Lehi and remained active until its disintegration. He was involved with weapons training and various operations. He worked as an accountant for a grain import merchant and thus helped

support his comrades who couldn’t circulate openly. At his relatives’ house he sheltered many Lehi members. Michael was arrested January 12,1942 for holding a loaded pistol on Herzl St 67, where he was training in weapons with comrades and a bullet was  accidentally discharged. He was sentenced to ten years, spent five at the Jerusalem Prison, and was released  1947. After establishment of the State he joined the IDF and served three years in the Adjutancy as  corporal. Michael married Yona Tlomek March 1949, a Holocaust survivor, who’d gone through the experiences of Pshemishelna Ghetto, Galicia, where she’d escaped to the forests and survived with her two brothers. Michaels’ parents and sister, Tsipora, perished in Treblinka. Brother Shmuel died in a childhood accident. In 1968 Michael was injured in his head on his way to work. He was operated on, but remained 100% disabled; he never recovered and lived a life of suffering. His family members, especially his wife dedicatedly attended him until his passing, November 27,1982. Michael left behind his wife, two sons – Yaacov and Shmuel, and two grandchildren: Assaf and Chof. Michael was loyal to the land of Israel, modest, and a good friend.