NAME: Maharovsky, Shalom

LEHI ALIAS: Ariel

DATE OF BIRTH: February 19, 1931

DATE FALLEN: November 12, 1947

Shalom, son of Yitzhak and Haya, was born in Tel Aviv on February 19, 1931. He began studying at Tel Aviv’s Tachkemoni School, then at Talmud Torah Sinai. Because his father had passed away, he lived with and was educated by his grandfather, Avraham Maharovsky. At age thirteen, he joined the Bnei Akiva movement, and he was an active member until he fell.

In 1944, he joined Lehi and he worked in the youth division: putting up posters, distributing magazines and observing British movements. Upon being transferred to the recruitment division, he took a course in ideology, and he was given the job of recruiting religious youth who were Bnei Akiva members. One time, as he was posting copies of Maas, he was caught red-handed. British soldiers, in an armored vehicle passing through, saw him and his friend and started pursuing them. Shalom managed to flee.

On recruitment duty, in one of the agricultural settlements in the Sharon, he was caught by Hagana members. He was beaten bloody, and left stunned in the street. He recovered and returned home under his own power.

Shalom was one of the youths taking a course in firearms in an isolated house in Raanana.

On November 12,1947 in the morning, the location was surrounded by hundreds of British soldiers. An officer knocked on the door. Hemda, one of the young women, opened the door and said there was no one inside. The officer pushed her aside and saw all of them armed. The instructor ordered them to flee by way of the windows towards the orchards. There was a two-hundred-meter gap between the house and the orchards.

As they fled, the British opened fire in every direction. Shalom was wounded in his thigh. Due to lack of treatment, he died in the armored vehicle on the way to the hospital in Jaffa, from loss of blood.

Shalom was one of five killed that day, November 12, 1947. He was buried in Nahalat Yitzhak

He was a lively young man with an uncommon sense of humor. He always had in his pack humorous stories.

When Shalom’s friend, Avraham Hamilovsky, spoke with his Bnei Akiva instructor, Yoske Shapira, who would eventually become a minister in the Israeli government, Yoske said that even though the Bnei Akiva movement officially endorsed the Hagana and settlement, he was proud that one of his kids had become a Lehi member and given his life for the sake of the Land of Israel.

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