Nachman, son of Leah and Shmaryahu, was born in Russia 1913 to a wealthy wood merchant. His family moved to the Vilnius region, there he completed high school and was a Beitar member.
After graduation, he made Aliyah on his own, 1936, as an illegal immigrant; his younger brother followed him, several years later, also staying illegally. Their entire family perished in the Holocaust, except a brother who arrived after WWII. Nachman joined the Work Companies in Rosh-Pina.
He was a Jewish Guard (“Gaffir”, horse borne ) in Zikhron-Ya’acov, then a policeman at Ramat-Gan. After Etzel split, he joined Lehi. Between 1939-1940 he worked at the British CID Haifa. November 1940 he was arrested and imprisoned in Akko, Mizra and Latrun. He was in the first convoy of 251 prisoners exiled to Africa, October 19,1944, imprisoned in the camps of Sambal Eritrea, and Carthago Sudan. Released from the Sudan June 19,1945, he was sent back to Israel. Upon arrival, he married Kitti (Ruth) nee Pepnek, Vienna born Beitar trainee, who’d immigrated illegally and joined the Rosh-Pina Work Companies. Returning from Africa he had to report to the CID daily, which prevented operating freely in the underground, although he remained in contact with its members. Following large operations (explosion at the King David Hotel and the assassination of Bernadotte), he was arrested with other activists. For medical reasons he was exempted from military duty.
Nachman and Kitti established their home in Ramat-Gan. Nachman befriended Avraham Krinitzi, Ramat-Gan mayor, who assisted him in times of need, especially in finding employment, (a diffficulty confronted by many former prisoners). He attempted different professions, and worked several years in the Hotel Industry in Eilat. Children Eldad and Karni were born in Ramat Gan. Karni passed away in 2000.
Eldad is a member of the Kibbutz Ein Harod and has three children. In 1973 Nachman underwent a complicated medical operation, was rendered disabled, but continued to work in the IDF as a civilian until his last days. Confined to his home, he wrote poems, commented on political affairs, and hosted friends from the underground. Nahman passed away on January 29,1977.