NAME: Kanner Haim


DATE OF BIRTH: 9 October, 1925

DATE OF DEATH: 23 August, 2007

Haim (Yehoshua Yosef), son of Eliyahu David and Shifra Kanner, was born on October 9th, 1925, in Warsaw, Poland. From the age of 4, he studied Talmud Torach with the Grand Rabbi of Piaseczno in Poland.

In May 1939, he made aliya to Israel with his parents and sisters, and the family settled on Kishon Street in Tel Aviv. He studied for about six months at the “Sphat Emet” yeshiva in Tel Aviv, and later went to work in order to earn a living.

At the age of 14, he joined the national religious youth movement Brit Haheshmonaim and from there he joined the Etzel with other members. His instructor was Eliyahu Beit Tzuri. In 1943 he left the Etzel and two years later joined Lehi, where he worked extensively hanging Lehi posters in the streets of Tel Aviv. He continued his activities in the underground until the independence of Israel.

In 1946 he married Malka (née Wingrover) and the two lived in Tel Avi. There they hid Lehi members, including prison escapees, and loot from the Barclays Bank robberies, which Lehi members robbed under the command of Ya’akov Grenek “Blond Dov”.

With the independence of Israel, he participated in the Lehi IDF recruitment order in Sheikh Monis (Ramat Aviv), where the dissolution of the organization and the joining to the IDF was announced.

In Tel Litvinsky (Tel Hashomer) Haim received a personal ID number with the prefix numbers 86-114, signifying Lehi veterans. In the reception base, together with other religious Lehi members, they insisted on their right to receive kosher food.  In a fierce argument with the Lieutenant Colonel, Moshe Dayan, Dayan told them, “I have no need for religious soldiers in the battalion”. As a result, the religious group of about 30 people moved to the Givati Brigade, 52nd Battalion. As part of this battalion, Haim participated in the ten-day battles in Beit Afa and Abedis, near Negba.

During the second truce, Ya’akov (Yishka) Eliav- “Aviel”, Dayan’s deputy, asked the religious members to join the 81st Commando Battalion (which later became the 89th Battalion), which consisted mostly of former Lehi members, because their ranks dwindled from the battles in Lod and Yehud. He assured them Kosher meals and a Mashgiach.

As part of the Battalion, Haim served under the command of the legendary Commander Blond Dov and was fortunate to participate in the liberation of Beit Guvrin, Hartiah, Lachish, Duima (Amatzia), Gvulot, Halutza, Nuran (Kibbutz Magen), Wadi ‘Abiad (Nahal Levan) and he also participated in the occupation of the Iraqi police Sweidan (Yoav Fort), and Oja al-Hafir (Nitzana), where the blond Dov was killed.

After the independence of Israel, Haim worked at various jobs (some of which he was fired from after it was discovered he was a former Lehi member). He later joined the Dan Cooperative.

In 1948, he moved with his family to Ramat Gan, where he and his wife raised their four daughters.

Haim died on August 23rd, 2007 and was buried in Segula Cemetery in Petah Tikva.