Ephraim Gover

Ephraim Gover

The eldest son of Rivka and Mordechai. He was born on Wednesday, 28.11.1927, in Rehovot, and was a student at the age of five and even jumped from a very young age. At the age of 12 and a half, he graduated from the elementary school, with outstanding knowledge of the country and practical subjects, and since then he worked in his parents’ farm in Kfar Bilu and continued to study in the army. The events that took place in Israel during his childhood brought him closer to the Haganah. He was already ten years old in the village. With the outbreak of World War II, Ephraim lived for a while in a state of agitation: “If I were of military age, I would have enlisted right away.” He said, “We can buy the Land of Israel only if we give her our blood and fight for her freedom.” Ephraim encouraged the father to join the army but was not accepted because of his age and health. When the announcement was made of the enlistment of women into the British army, and his mother was among the conscripts, the boy and his father took care of the farm, the ten-year-old brother, and the three-year-old sister. He was 14 at the time of his mother’s service in the army. himself. “Now you must return to the farm and I will go to kiss, I no longer want my mother to protect me.” Under the influence of his mother, he served first as an experienced pilot and nine months later joined the British army. He joined the ranks of the Jewish Brigade, fought on the European front against the Nazis, met with She’erith Hapleitah, moved among them and dealt with their deportation. Upon his release, he immediately returned to action in the Haganah. He participated in the first eleven points in the Negev, smuggled illegal immigrants from the Shabtai Lozinski ship and was caught by the British authorities instead of an illegal immigrant and sent to Cyprus. After the outbreak of the War of Independence he served in the Givati ​​Brigade. He was appointed in charge of the Negev region as a platoon commander. He was the commander of the village of Uriah in the Jerusalem Corridor, and later he was accompanied by convoys to the Negev. On 26 March 1948, he was one of the defenders of Tirat Shalom against Iraqi gangs who had barricaded themselves in the village of Qubayba. He remained alone to cover up his comrades after he ordered them to withdraw because their ammunition was exhausted, hit by a bullet and fell. He was laid to rest in the cemetery in the village of Warburg. We have had the joy of raising one of the young Jews who were not born like them for many generations, and only when we return to Israel can we reproduce these trees, like Ephraim and others like him. ” His younger brother Tzvi fell about four months later in a battle against the Egyptians near Hulikat. In memory of the two brothers who were killed, the name Kfar Achim was given to a moshav of immigrants from the survivors who had been set up near Kfar Warburg. The brothers’ writings were published in the book of the brothers, published in 1950.

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