NAME: Mantzur Azriel


DATE OF BIRTH: 1 November, 1925

DATE OF DEATH: 24 January, 2013

Azriel was born in Jerusalem on November 1st, 1925, to Esther (nee Razabi) and Yehie Mantzur. His mother, who was born in Israel, was a housewife and her marriage to Yehie was her second marriage after her first husband died of cholera in Jerusalem during World War I. His father made aliya from Yemen in 1882 together with his first wife and two young children, he worked as a building contractor and built several buildings in the Geula neighborhood of Jerusalem. At the end of World War I, his first wife was killed in an accidental explosion caused by explosives left behind by the Turkish army.

Azriel had two brothers – Pinchas the eldest, Naomi, the youngest, and three other half-brothers – Ben Zion from his father’s first marriage, Yossef and Shoshana, from his mother’s first marriage.

Azriel attended “Doresh Zion” school and later worked as an apprentice for Dr. Privitz, where he developed technical skills. He joined the Lehi in Jerusalem. With the outbreak of the War of Independence, he was worked in weapons repair. He was active in the battles in Jerusalem and worked in manufacturing weapons parts.

Following Bernadotte’s murder, he was arrested and served time in Acre Prison. From prison, he was drafted into the army and served in various infantry units until his release, probably in 1952. He served in the reserves until 1976.

During his service in Sodom, he met Rita Wolfson. The two married after his release from the army in 1953 and they had three children.

Azriel died on January 24th, 2013 and was laid to rest in the Yemenite section on Har Hazeitim.