NAME: Gross Meir



DATE FALLEN: July 10, 1948

Meir, originally named Malmush, was born  1925, at  Uzhorod, at the time in Czechoslovakia. His parents were refugees who had escaped from Hungary after the failed Communist Revolution following WWI. Meir was left in Uzhorod while they continued to the Soviet Union. He was later transferred to the Jewish orphanage in Debretzen Hungary, and  adopted by the Weinberger family. Meir studied at the local Jewish high-school, then at 14, was sent to study at the Teachers Seminary in Budapest. After the German  occupation of Hungary in 1944, he was sent to forced labor in Yugoslavia, and at  year’s end, freed by the Partisans. When WWII was over, Meir returned to Budapest to finish his studies. He then accompanied a group of children to Germany as their teacher. In 1947 he left Germany and traveled to Paris, where he met Lehi members. He encountered through them, the Underground’s war policies against Britain, and joined them. Meir worked in Paris in various ways organizing a  European branch for Lehi, until he decided to make aliya. With the first opportunity after the establishment of the State in 1948, he reached Israel and immediately joined the IDF.  He was assigned to the ‘Carmeli’  Brigade and participated in the ‘Brosh Campaign’, at the Northern Front.  After the first ceasefire, the brigade attempted to push back the Syrian forces from the bridgehead at  ‘Mishmar- Hayarden’, which they had captured in a surprise move, on the eve of the ceasefire. Meir fell in this battle, on July 10,1948 and was laid to rest in the Military Cemetery at  Rosh-Pina, not far from the resting place of Shlomo Ben-Yoseph, the first Jewish prisoner hung by the British regime.  Meir had no surviving relatives.

הנצחה באנדרטה ביער לח”י במשמר איילון
שמו של מאיר גרוס חרוט על לוח באנדרטה ביער לח”י
לבנת זיכרון על שם מאיר גרוס בהיכל הזיכרון הממלכתי בהר הרצל