NAME: Radomiselski, Moshe


DATE OF BIRTH: September 4, 1924

DATE FALLEN: June 17, 1946

Moshe was born to Betzalel and Yaffa on September 4, 1924 in Tel Aviv. He had one sister. While he was still in elementary school, his father died, leaving the family in a precarious financial situation. Moshe had to cease his studies. He went to work as a machinist to help his mother. He was a nice boy, with a pleasant temperament, a broad sense of humor, always smiling, optimistic and sociable; he always imbued his surroundings with a good spirit. Moshe had a close friend, Hayim Ribbenbach. They did everything together, including joining Lehi. With Hannah “Sarah” Armoni, they were a cell ready to do anything. This trinity, under Nechemia “Giora” Ben-Tor, was technically part of the operations division, but they would nevertheless put up posters in the Tel Aviv suburbs, as the young activists could not make it there. Moshe’s mother and sister would boil the glue, and they would go out to put up posters on their bicycles.

Their home, 21 Yavneh Street in Tel Aviv, was a meeting place for Lehi members. Moshe’s girlfriend Esther was also in Lehi (as “Yael”). Moshe joined the underground to fight the British, demanding that he be allowed in combat, and he was granted this. He took weapons training and the commanders’ course and went out on operations. He was part of the attack on the Naaman Bridge, the attack on the Lod train station (as part of the Jewish Resistance Movement on November 1,1945), the seizure of weapons from the British Army base in Holon, the liberation of Dr. Eldad, the destruction of warplanes at Kfar Syrkin airfield, the attack on the CID building in Jaffa, and others. Whenever he read of an underground operation he had not been present for, he complained: “Why did they leave me out?”

On 17 June 1946, he was part of the attack on the Haifa Railway Workshops. When the fighters reached the factory, they breached the gate under a hail of gunfire. Gaining control of the area, they put bombs under the engines, the cars, the swing bridges and various types of equipment, which blew up with a deafening noise.

The order was given to retreat, but this time they were out of luck. On the way, they encountered an enemy ambush, which fired heavily upon them. The fighters were caught in the trap, but they returned fire until they were overwhelmed. Eleven fighters fell, and many were injured. Ten manage to escape, and the remaining twenty-two fighters were captured and brought before a military tribunal, including four young women.

Moshe was among the fallen; his girlfriend Esther found him dead in the truck before she was captured. Hayim “Petachya” Ribbenbach was among the slain as well. They fulfilled the verse: “Beloved and pleasant in their lives, unseparated in their death.” Moshe was buried in the Lehi section of the Haifa Cemetery with his comrades.