Aliza was born in Talpiyot Jerusalem on November 3,1926 to Rosa and Dr. David Gurevitch, founder and director of the Jewish Agency’s Department of Statistics. She studied at the Hebrew High-School, the Hebrew University, and at Bezalel Art School’s Metals Department. The poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg motivated her, and in 1947 she joined Lehi. She instructed youth groups and led youngsters on various missions, including pasting info-bulletins on walls and distributing information material. With the outbreak of the battles which followed the UN Resolution for Partition of Eretz Yisrael, she served in the Lehi hospital at ‘Lifta’ base, and afterwards at the ‘Dror’ base in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem, where wounded combatants were brought for treatment. Aliza married poet Uri Zvi Greenberg in 1950, and they had five children: Haim, Bat-Sheva Shlomzion, Rivka Havazelet Lev-Zion, Yocheved Rachel Bat-Zion, and David Yehonatan, plus nine grandchildren.
Aliza is a poet, appearing under her pen name Ein Tur-Malka (the name Uri Zvi Greenberg used for publishing his poems during the twenties). At first she appeared under the pen name Bat-Ayin, in the ‘Mivrak’ and ‘Sulam’ publications. She has published three poetry books:
- A Nest of Twigs, in which she wrote about the rebels: “Song of the Lehi Camp in Jerusalem,” [“Jerusalem Lehi Camp Song” suggested alternative]
- “Noon Time, Noon Knowledge,”
[“The Noon of Time, Noon of Knowing/Reason/Wisdom” alternative suggestions]
- and “Dying Song of the Singers,” [ use the word ANGUISH and determine if this has been correctly translated]
a poem about the underground members executed at the gallows.
- Poetry of the Wells, which included the poems “Yair” and “The Prophets of the New Jerusalem.” [“The Harbingers of New Jerusalem” my suggestion]
- The Third Watch.
“Yair Publications” has published all three volumes.
Her full body of poetry, collected in the book Return My Soul to Thyself,
has been published by the ‘Bialik Institute’.
Ever since Uri Zvi Greenberg passed away in 1981, Aliza has been intensely occupied with the manuscripts he left behind, especially with seeing through the publication of his entire work, by the ‘Bialik Institute’ of Jerusalem. As of 2008,
18 volumes have been published, thirteen containing his entire body of Hebrew poetry, and the others, all his articles and illustrations. Aliza has written essays on his poetry.