Hannah Eliav, daughter of Leah and Rehavia, was born in New York on 15th of May, 1922, and made aliya in 1927. In 1940 she joined Lehi in Jerusalem and served as a warehouse manager under Yaakov Eliav (Ishka) “Aviel”. Hannah hid Lehi’s weapons around Jerusalem in various hiding places. On one occasion, while transferring weapons and carrying them on her body, she was walking on King George Street. After passing Jaffa Street on her way south, she noticed a checkpoint manned by British soldiers. Since she had no chance of escape, she slowed her walk down until the checkpoint moved to the other side of the street.
She married Yaakov Eliav (Ishka) “Aviel”, one of the founders of Lehi and one of its most prominent commanders. After a two-year stay in France, during which Yaakov was imprisoned for eight months in a Belgian prison, they returned to Israel directly into the War of Independence. Yaakov waited on the plane until Hannah confirmed there were no Brits nearby. Hannah and Yaakov had two daughters, a son, and grandchildren. She received the Lehi badge and the State Warriors badge.
All her life she was involved in the design and manufacture of luxury jewelry. She was very creative, an endless fountain new designs. Hannah died on Friday, January 7, 2014, and was laid to rest in Har Hazeytim cemetery in Jerusalem.