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Baumgarten, Yaakov (Yinio)

Baumgarten, Yaakov (Yinio)


Yaakov (Yinio), son of Berta and Shmuel Baumgarten, was born on July 5, 1925 in Radautz, Romania, to a poor family of tailors. When he was 15, he joined Hashomer Hatzair and until 1940 was an active member of the kibbutz. With the outbreak of the Russo-German War, his parents were deported by the Nazis to Transnistria, and Yaakov managed to escape and lived in hiding until the date of liberation. In 1947, he boarded the ship “Katriel Yaffe” which was captured by the British, and spent six months in a detention camp in Cyprus. When he arrived in Israel, he joined the training program at Kibbutz Beit Alfa. He then went to settle the “Barkai” kibbutz. In early July 1948, he and a group of members of the “Givati” Brigade left for besieged Negba. On the 5th of Tammuz 5708 (12.7.1948), during the great Egyptian attack on Negba, he fell defending Negba. Yaakov was brought to eternal rest in a grave in the military cemetery in Negba.

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