NAME: Windman Uri


DATE OF BIRTH: March 8, 1931

Uri was born on March 8,1931 in Rehovot, to Moshe and Esther, Russians who’d escaped the regime. They arrived in Israel 1923  settling in Rishon-Lezion. They had three sons and moved to Rehovot 1933.

During the 1936-39 riots his father was injured  from a landmine . 

Uri studied at Rehovot’s “Education House” and “Balfour High School” Tel-Aviv. He was active in “Hashomer Hatsa’ir”, “Hapo’el” and “Maccabi”.

Aged 14 he joined Lehi. He distributed leaflets, and gathered info about British transport routes/military actvity. Looking after weapon hideouts, he hid weapons in milk containers underneath the chicken coop in his parents’ garden. He was assisted by Rehovot’s chief Rabbi’s wife, a Lehi supporter, who hid weapons underneath her bed. In an operation, beginning of 1947, members  were about to blow-up a British vehicle, when an “Egged” bus suddenly appeared with touring  students. To avoid casualties the Lehi men deactivated the device, risking their lives. During escape, they reached “Givat-Brenner”, were held and interrogated by Kibbutz members, then released due to Lehi pressure. However Uri was turned over to the CID.

He was jailed in Jaffa, interrogated and tortured for 28 days, and did time in solitary. Uri was released with the help of Rehovot Mayor  Mr Horowitz. Breaking house-arrest regulations, he left home and hid. His high school found out about his Lehi activities and made it increasingly difficult for him, as one of his teachers persecuted him. Uri sustained a  chest injury during a battle operation, and was treated at “Hadassah” Tel-Aviv; he was recognised as an IDF handicapped veteran.

Following the assassination of Bernadotte, he was arrested, spending a month in Jaffa prison. After the breakout he escaped to Rishon Lezion, hiding with his sister-in-law’s parents. Uri joined “Egged”, served as a tour guide and  directed “Egged Tours” in Rehovot. Aged  45 he retired for medical reasons, opening an insurance agency. In 1953 he married Batya Etinger, a teacher. They had two daughters, eight grandchildren. Following the establishment of the State he was in charge of the Rehovot Lehi Member Association. He lectured about Lehi in high-schools and at “Bnei-Brit”.