NAME: Zeltzer Rachel


DATE OF BIRTH: August 29, 1927

DATE FALLEN: May 15, 1948

Rachel was born on August 29,1927 in  Cochpatch on the Romanian-Bessarabian border, to her parents Yisrael and Ada. As a baby, she was moved to  Tchernovitz, with her mother who’d separated from the father. A chemist, she educated Rachel in the spirit of Russian culture. Rachel studied at  elementary school then Romanian high-school. During the Russian occupation of 1940, she continued excelled in her studies. During the German occupation  1941, they were sent to the Ghetto. Her mother was sent to a Nazi concentration camp, but managed beforehand, November 1942, to send Rachel to Eretz Yisrael aboard an illegal Aliya ship which drowned  near Turkey’s shores. The passengers survived, were caught and sent by the British to Cyprus. Only in end 1942 did Rachel succeed in reaching Israel and settled with her aunt in Jerusalem. She studied at Beit-Hakerem high school  and was accepted to study Natural Science at Hebrew University 1945. That year her mother arrived. After the outbreak of murderous riots following the 1947 UN Partition Resolution , Rachel joined the Hagana  serving in Jerusalem with a student group. She was transferred to Gush-Etzion and took an active part in its defence. Burying  the bodies of thirty-five inhabitants cold bloodedly  murdered there (most were her friends) deeply shocked  and shook her.  After three months her student group was replaced; departing, they were attacked at  Neveh-Daniel. After a heroic one day battle, they were rescued by the British, after having to surrender their weapons. This surrender intensified the storming emotions  flooding the brave sensitive young woman. When the Hagana ceased  involving girls in combat, she quit and joined Lehi. After two weeks, when the British administration were leaving Jerusalem, Lehi fighters charged towards the Old City Walls, and Rachel, “Ofra”, sat by the phone, connecting between the charging forces and their supply units at the rear. When she heard her comrades’ cries for help from beyond the wall, grabbing a rifle she charged up to the rooftop  to assist them. There on May 15,1948, she found her premature death from deathly enemy bullets. She was laid to rest in the Honorary Resting Place at Mt.Herzl Military Cemetery.

הנצחה באנדרטה ביער לח”י במשמר איילון
שמה של רחל זלצר חרוט על לוח באנדרטה ביער לח”י
לבנת זיכרון על שם רחל זלצר בהיכל הזיכרון הממלכתי בהר הרצל