NAME: Zuckerman Shmuel


DATE OF BIRTH: July 21, 1924

DATE FALLEN: June 17, 1946

Shmuel was born on July 21,1924 in Tel Aviv to Mordechai and Sarah. He studied in the Tel Nordau Elementary School, at which he was elected to student council. He continued studying in the commercial high school, where he excelled in his studies, as demonstrated by his diligence and equanimity. He was a sabra in his very soul. In one of his writings, in 1945, he wrote: “My favorite type is the native, with wild hair, khaki shorts and open shirt, bare and revealed, ready for everything and smiling in good spirts — this is the type.” After finishing his studies in 1942, he went for his year of service to Hephzibah, where he was noticed and chosen to supervise and manage communications with the farm. At the end of his service, he came down with a fever and was sent back to his home in Tel Aviv. The city called to him, but he lived with the feeling that he had not done enough for the homeland. He answered the call of the national institutions, going up to the Galilee to work among the Notrim for a year-and-a-half in Kfar Giladi. In his free time, he prepared himself to study at the Technion.

At age eighteen, he would study significant and serious topics such as agrarian legislation, and even though he was a secular Jew, he talked about biblical laws, speaking of the Third Temple and Jewish monarchy. In addition, he wrote that the Negev was equal to any other region, and he saw its settlement as valuable.

In 1945, he finished his Notrim service and was accepted to the Technion. He wanted to be an engineer paving roads and erecting buildings; he was also very interested in hydrology. While studying in the Technion, he worked to support himself and pay tuition. Throughout that time, he was filled with a passionate desire to throw off the yoke of the foreign British occupier and establish an independent Jewish state. Since he was a man of action, he joined Lehi’s combat brigade and was ready to make any sacrifice.

After weapons training, he went out on a mission. It was June 17,1946 during the Jewish Resistance Movement. Lehi set out to destroy the Haifa Railway Workshops. This was a tremendously successful operation, putting out of commission the infrastructure which served the British Empire throughout the Middle East. However, they were caught by an ambush as they retreated. Eleven were killed, Shmuel among them. He died at age 22. He never saw the establishment of the State.

He left behind two parents and two sisters, Aviva and Penina.

He was buried in the Lehi section of the Haifa Cemetery alongside his comrades.