NAME: Zak Zelig



DATE FALLEN: February 1, 1942

Zelig son of Shlomo and Sarah Feiga was born 1915 in Rejiza  Latvia. Father Shlomo, a wealthy merchant, was involved in civic affairs and Jewish circles. Even non-Jews came seeking his advice. Zelig had three brothers and a sister. He studied at primary and secondary Yiddish schools. His father wanted him to study law but Zelig, strong willed independent thinker, was not interested; he joined Beitar.  He considered the Land of Israel the true battleground, and Aliyah a step in the fight for independence. While planning his Aliya, he was drafted to the Latvian  army and immigrated after his service ended, 1938. In Israel he joined Beitar’s battalion of recruits working in the Ekron orchards, and  became leader of Beitar’s Rehovot Division . He joined Etzel and underwent a lieutenants’ course. WWII had just begun. Etzel announced a ceasefire for the war’s duration; this infuriated  Zelig. When the split occured  1940 Zelig joined Lehi and found his calling. The underground confiscated money from the Anglo-Palestine Bank Tel-Aviv, enabling renting rooms, publications – everything moved forward. The first commanders’ course took place in Rehovot. When the British were building military camps in the south, Lehi directed  members to get hired as workers constructing the camps, so weapons could be confiscated there later on. Zelig did so, returning on his leave days to Marmorek, with food for his  illegal immigrant friends. The British arrested Zelig and took him by train to a prison camp. Near Rehovot he jumped off  escaping. A friend  contacted the underground on his behalf, and he rejoined activities. On January 27,1942, at the Dizengoff 30 apartment, he and three friends were on recess after a theory course in explosives, when police and detectives broke into his room, and immediately opened fire on  the four. Zelig and Avraham Amper were mortally wounded, Ya’acov Eliav and  Moshe Savorai were wounded. Avraham Amper and Zelig died within a few hours of each other at the hospital on February 1, 1942. Zelig was buried at Nachalat-Yitschak next to Avraham Amper.

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