NAME: Siman-Tov, Yitzhak


DATE FALLEN: November 5, 1943

Yitzhak was born in 1918, the oldest child of Gavriel and Sarah, who made aliyah with him from Persia. When they reached the Land of Israel, they lived in Jerusalem, then in Tel Aviv.

Yitzhak was active in the Scouts, commanding a group of two hundred youths. He was also active in the IZL, and after the split, he joined Lehi.

His wife Kochava relates: “Yitzhak and I were neighbors, and that’s how we met. We married in 1940 and moved to Tel Aviv. During the daytime, Yitzhak worked in the Tel Aviv Municipality’s garage; at night, he went out with his comrades on missions. After some time, we moved to HaGedud HaIvri Street, and there Yitzhak would train new recruits in weapons and demolition. We always had a guard stationed outside the house to warn us if the English were coming.

“Yitzhak was assigned to guard Yehoshua Zattler, who was the commander of the Tel Aviv region. Yehoshua moved into our new house. On Mondays and Wednesdays, there would be meetings at night, which Yair and his comrades would participate in. One night, the English surprised us. Yehoshua hid in the kitchen closet, but the English found him and stayed in our house to search it.

“The same day, the English arrested Yitzhak my husband, his brother Avraham, Yehoshua Zattler and another eight comrades. Before Yehoshua was arrested, he passed to me secret materials and asked me to destroy them. I hid the documents on my body, but the English asked the landlady to search me intensively. I knew she would find the documents, so I begged her to tell the English that she had found nothing. And she did.

“Yitzhak was taken to the Jaffa Prison. I would visit him every day, and he would ask me to pass messages and letters to his comrades. Officer Wilkins, one of the Englishmen who searched our home, would interrogate me and try to discover details about my husband’s comrades. In one of the interrogations sessions, he asked me if I wanted my husband to be released. All I had to do in exchange was identify my husband’s comrades. Naturally, I refused.

“After a month, they transferred Yitzhak from the Jaffa Prison to Mizra, then to Latrun. I could only visit once very two weeks, and I would take our daughter Sarah to see her father. When twenty prisoners escaped from Latrun, Yitzhak was one of them. As a machinist and automotive electrician, he was very helpful in digging the tunnels. He was the getaway driver. But on Monday, November 5, 1943, Yitzhak was shot dead by the English, who had found him near Raanana. He was taken to Donnolo Hospital in Jaffa, where they declared him dead. He was buried in the Nahalat Yitzhak Cemetery.

“I was left a widow with a young daughter. I had to deal with financial hardships, and many other hardships as well.”