NAME: Bermatz Aliza nee Atiya

LEHI ALIAS: Leah

DATE OF BIRTH: April 27, 1927

DATE OF DEATH: 1997

Aliza was born in Mexico City on April 27,1927 to Simcha and Rabbi Mordechai Atiya, from a family of Kabbalist  Rabbis. At the turn of the century many Syrian immigrants arrived at the Mexico community; her father established and organised the Halebite Community’s (Aram-Zova) institutions.  Late 1920’s, committed to the Land of Israel, he purchased a home in Jerusalem for his family. Winter 1936, with his wife and  nine children they made Aliyah. Aliza studied at the Spitzer School, Jerusalem. Her teacher was Shoshana Raziel, Etzel commander’s wife. Without her parents or the school’s knowledge, she joined  ‘Brit-Hachashmona’im’, whose training  greatly influenced her. Among her instructors was her future husband, Shimon Bermatz. At ‘Brit-Hachashmona’im’ she trained with weapons, and in her parents’ house, they were stored. After the assassination of Yair, she began night-activities, pasting up info-bulletins; Aliza was the first girl in Jerusalem joining Lehi with ‘Brit- Hachashmona’im’ members older than her. She was involved transferring and hiding weapons. She worked several months in the Lehi Printing Press Jerusalem, and in recruiting youngsters, among them: Moshe Barazani, Yehoshua Yachin, and “Old Hillel” Karavani), who contributed greatly to Lehi Jerusalem. She  recruited veteran fighters, who’d left Etzel during the split, and many supporters. After her marriage with Shimon 5706, their little house at the edge of faraway Tel-Arza neighbourhood, served as a “Special” refuge for fighters, weapons, and intelligence information. When the Arab riots broke out end 1947, the house became a front position in northern Jerusalem. Following establishment of the State, the house was a regional weapons-storage site containing many rifles for emergencies, as  Shimon was Regional Commander. Following the Six Day War, Aliza and family moved to the Beit-Chanina neighbourhood in northern Jerusalem, the “Abandoned Village”. They lived here with a few other Lehi veteran families – surrounded by Arabs –  to settle the liberated lands. Aliza had four children and fifteen grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They settled in Kiryat-Arba, Ofra, Kibbutz Yavneh and Jerusalem. She fell ill 1996, and passed away 1997. Aliza was buried on Mt.-of-Olives.

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