NAME: Furstenberg (née Greenholtz), Hannah


DATE FALLEN: March 17,1954

Hannah was born to Hayim and Freida Greenholtz in Neve Shalom, Tel Aviv, in 1923. One year after her birth, her father decided to build “a house in Israel” — literally — with some of his friends. It was a building by the seashore, near the Muslim cemetery, and here in the Mahlul neighborhood (now Kikar Atarim), she spent her youth. Between the Muslim cemetery, the sea, the vineyard and the leather factory, Hannah was well-known, wild and of good heart. About the age of twelve, she moved with her parents to Basel Street, and she finish elementary school at Tel Nordau.

She grew up to be very active and full of life; she played basketball, swam and sailed. She was also active in the youth movement. She finished high school at the Herzliya Gymnasium and then she was sent to an active farm near Afula.

She knew her husband Ephraim from the youth movement, and once he was demobilized from the British Army, they decided to marry. Her first child, Hayimke, was born the night her father died and named after him. But her heart had no room for joy. In the years of Hayimke’s youth, Hannah stood by Ephraim’s side in various Lehi operations, often lending her house to the underground. Her daughter, Mira, was born while Ephraim was a Lehi prisoner in Acre Prison. Her other daughter, Zipporah, was born five months before the massacre at Maaleh Akrabim, in which she and her husband were killed and the family was wiped out, on March 17,1954.

Hayimke was mortally wounded, and remained mentally and physically paralyzed for thirty-two years until he died in 1986.

Miraleh was saved by a soldier who shielded her with his body.

Baby Zipporah stayed with her grandmother and was saved.

Miraleh had three children and two grandchildren, Zipporah two children.