Frenkel, Peretz

Frenkel, Peretz

Son of Chana and Moshe Chaim, was born on May 21, 1909 in the vicinity of Kraków, on the southern slopes of the Tatra mountains. He was born to a haredi family with five sons and three daughters. In order to immigrate to Eretz Israel, Peretz joined the “Hehalutz Hamizrachi” and worked in agricultural training and an urban training unit in Bratislava. In 1937, it became clear to the authorities that his release from military service in 1930 was illegal and he was then conscripted into regular service.
Peretz served in the Hungarian army until the outbreak of World War II. Immediately after his release he immigrated to Israel on November 15, 1939, and was released from the detention camp in Zrifin in early 1940. Peretz joined a group of Ma’apilim as part of the “Religious Kibbutz” in Rehovot and then joined the “Avraham” group in Kfar Pines. Peretz then moved to Kfar Etzion with his group, excelled in a meticulous work in the carpentry workshop and was sent to a training course in woodworking in Tel Aviv. After the war, his two sisters arrived in Eretz Yisrael. Peretz married Yaffa, a survivors from the Netherlands and they had a son. On the night of the Partition Feast on November 29, 1947, Peretz expressed a special opinion: “I do not want to remain outside the boundaries of the Hebrew state.” With a heavy heart, he parted from his small family when the convoy of mothers and children was evacuated to Jerusalem.
Peretz continued to do his duty in guarding, fortifications and training, and served in the staff of the heavy machine gun, the only unit in the bloc, who knew how to use it from the time he served in the foreign armies. Peretz hoped for good days to come. Peretz fell on guard duty on the day of the village’s fall in the hands of the enemy on the 4th of Iyar 5708 (13.5.1948) On the 17th of Cheshvan 5710 (17.11.1949) was brought to rest with the rest of the victims of the Gush, to the military cemetary on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem.

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