Arieh Maroz was born toward the end of 1921 in Poland in the town of Opoczno, near Lodz. His parents, Dvorah Fox and Shaul Rosenboim, were Zionist activists, and in 1930 they made Aliya to Israel with their three children and were pioneers, paving the way for the rest of the Jews in the town. They settled in the area of the old Central Bus Station of Tel Aviv. They lived in poverty – the mother had a fish cart, which she sold at the central bus station, and the father worked his whole life as a painter.
Arieh’s parents house served as a resting and gathering place for fellow Polish townspeople who managed to immigrate to Israel. Every former Polish townsman who came to Israel was accepted as a family member and shared their meals. However, not all managed to escape the Nazis, and many of them remained in Poland and perished in the Holocaust, including members of the Rosenboim and Fox families. Despite all the difficulties, the parents adhered to their Zionist principles and educated their children and grandchildren accordingly. Arieh began working at a very early age to help support the family.
He used to ride a bike to Petah Tikva to work at a plant nursery. As a young man, he was also a member of the Yarkon Tzofei Yam. He was also a taxi driver, mostly at the central taxi station. He was an excellent car and motorbike driver and was known to be a particularly strong man. He got his driver’s license after he passed a British driving test. He also worked for a time for the British in a camp for German prisoners of war in Rafiah.
He joined Lehi and assisted in Israel Eldad’s escape from Dr. Troy’s clinic in Jerusalem. After the Six Day War he recreated the drive from the clinic through the Nablus Road to the Haifa area, where Eldad hid after the escape. He also participated in operations to confiscate funds to assist in the resistance struggles. Later, he showed his son, Amos, a large-diameter pistol and told him that the gun does not fire and was only meant to threaten.
During the War of Independence, he served in Camp Yona in Tel Aviv, where he met Ruth Refaeli. They married in 1948 and had two sons, Amos and Shimon. Arieh served in the reserves in the military police and later as a driver. A few years later, he sold the taxi and joined Ma’ariv newspaper, which was founded by the Revisionists, as driver to the Editor-in-Chief. Ma’ariv newspaper was a sanctuary for all Etzel and Lehi veterans who had difficulty integrating into organized work forces during the Mapai period.
He worked there many years until retiring in 1987. Forty-five days after he retired, he died at the young age of 66, on May 29th, 1987, and was laid to rest in the Holon cemetery. He had the opportunity to meet three of his five grandchildren.