Menashe, son of David and Zlateh, was born in Poland 1914 to a traditional family of eleven. His father, a men’s fashion exporter, earned a decent living for his family. As a youngster Menashe’s love of Zionism and of agriculture were already apparent. He joined the ‘Gordonia’ movement as a young boy and in 1929, aged 15, fulfilled his Zionist dream of making aliya, in the footsteps of his sister and older brothers before him. He started working in agriculture right away, first at kibbutz ‘Tel-Yoseph’ and later at ‘Mikveh-Yisrael’ from where he graduated 1933. He earned an Agronomist Engineer’s degree,1937, from University of Nancy France.
Returning to Eretz Yisrael, Menashe could not find work in his profession due to the economic depression, but despite the temptation of finding work abroad, chose to remain and work as a construction worker, tourist guide and taxi driver. At the outbreak of WWII he was commissioned by Chief Rabbi Herzog and Youth Aliyah Administrator, Henrietta Szold, to leave for Romania and assist immigration of Jewish refugees to Eretz-Yisrael. He married Ida Ziedenvorum in 1936. Menashe’s love of Zionism found its strongest expression in his struggle against the foreign British regime. In 1944 he joined Lehi and participated in its actions heart and soul. He was working then as a driver for ‘Hashmonaim Cabs’ Tel Aviv, and engageded in numerous underground operations: preparations for the assassination of Lord Moyne, the Jerusalem assassination of Wilkin (Commanding Officer of the British CID’s Jewish Department ), and more. He was severely wounded in one operation and hospitalized for many months.
Following the assassination of Count Bernadotte, Menashe was arrested and imprisoned in Akko. After release, he resumed agricultural activities. From 1954 he worked at VTO and from 1960, directed the agricultural department of ‘Chemicals and Technical Equipment’. He experimented and developed new insecticidal products for ‘Geigy’, the Swiss company represented in Israel by CTS, making it a national leader in this field. Menashe passed away on September 22,1975 leaving behind his wife, two children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.