NAME: Wolkin David



DATE OF DEATH: March 22, 1989

David was born in  May 1919, in Brisk Poland, to Avraham and Rachel. Aged 10  he lost his mother. He joined Beitar at a young age. David studied at his hometown’s ‘Tarbut  School’; aged 16, he left his parents and moved to Warsaw. He joined Etzel in 1937, and two years later fulfilled his dream of making  Aliyah. He sailed aboard the “Parita”,  a ship which broke through the British blockade  and arrived at Tel-Aviv’s shore  August 22,1939.

After arrival, he served in Beitar at Nachalat-Yitzhak, near the Castel, securing the Jerusalem–Tel-Aviv road from murderous Arab attacks taking place. After Etzel split  David joined Lehi. He worked mainly with info-material and its distribution, plus recruitment. Following Yair’s assassination, he took part in the attempt to assassinate the British head of the CID. In 1943 he moved to Netanya, where he worked polishing diamonds. Here he met Miryam nee Rosenshine, whom he married 1944. In August 1945 he was arrested because of an informer and  imprisoned in Tul-Karem police station, and then in Latrun. David was exiled by the British with their eighth dispatch of detainees to Africa, and placed in camps at Eritrea and Kenya until establishment of the State. He returned to Israel July 1948. He joined the IDF immediately and served in an Armoured Corps Brigade. After discharge, he served as the director of the warehouses and procurement department  of  the ‘Tzrifin Pipes’  factory, a factory he also helped establish. After retiring he was active organizing the ‘Worldwide Convention of Soldiers, Partisans and Jewish Concentration Camp Prisoners’, marking 40 years to Germany’s defeat. He also volunteered at the ‘Victims of Brisk Delitta  Association’, and at  Beit-Yair commemorating his fallen Lehi comrades. David was a special man, loving and loved by all, a joyful and popular person, always ready to help where needed.

David passed away on Shushan Purim, March 22,1989. He was buried in the Lehi section of Holon cemetary. He left behind  wife Miryam, two sons, Yigal and Avi plus four grandchildren.