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Halperin, Aminadav (Ami)

Halperin, Aminadav (Ami)


Born on April 26, 1931 in Tel Aviv to his parents, residents of Bnei Brak, he completed his education at Nachlat Ganim, and, with his parents’ consent, continued to study at the regional high school in Givat Hashlosha Who was a member of the “Borochov” group and dreamed of settling in the Negev, and when he was 13 years old he was a member of the Gadna and participated in pasting Haganah underground posters and fist-fights according to the order against Na’ari “The Underground”. Was sent to the Gadna instructors’ course, but was unable to adapt to the patterns of “standard man” before leaving the university, but even as a child, he stood out as an independent person in his spirit, Without fear of complications and consequences, and more than once recognized his righteousness.my people stood up to protect the weak against the opinion of the majority of the class and the group, and thus acquired friends and cherished him, he loved the living nature, man and work, The difficult tasks at home, in school, in service and in work, he liked the good book and asked for examples of his life tissue When Ami tried to cover the faith in the Lev with a slight mockery, he was unable to conceal from his acquaintances the greatness of his soul and was amazed at their admiration for him, who could not understand the reason for his direct relationship With the outbreak of the War of Independence in early December 1947, he joined a special unit of the Hagash and was sent with adults and elderly to the northern borders of the country and participated in defensive and sabotage operations. In early February 1948 he enlisted in full service, although he was under 17 and a single son, and all attempts to release him from this combat service were answered: “I am not guilty that I have no brothers and sisters and that the Arabs did not wait until I was 17.” That he saw the duty to protect the homeland as a right and did not allow it to be denied. Ami served in one of the battalions in the Alexandroni Brigade and in all the missions demanded and gave his share as a large and mature man, and even enjoyed the use of his abilities in difficult and dangerous missions. He was a hero in repelling two attacks at Migdal Tzedek. He took part in a Jewish battle and when the squad commander was taken he took command of a squad of mortars and since then he has remained in command until the end, despite his youth. In the pouring rain he took part in an operation against the village of Bir Adas near Magdiel, and was an aid to the elderly. In the course of Operation Nachshon, he took part in the assault on Deir Muhsin in order to rescue a unit from a siege and in a retreat. He loaded the weapons of wounded comrades on his shoulders, so that they would not be spoiled by the enemy. He loaded a heavy load of explosives on his back and took part in the explosion of a bridge over a deep river in the enemy territory, and then accompanied by the last convoy to Jerusalem, whose companions had managed to return to the coastal plain before the road was cut off for the whole siege. Then he celebrated the full day of his seventeen years (the age of military maturity in those days) with his participation in the conquest of the village of Sakia, where he was wounded in the thigh. In Beilinson Hospital, he overcame his pains and calmed his father, who asked him to leave his position as commander of the mortar squad, because in a few days he would stop lying idle and return to his battalion. He was indeed relieved after the surgery, but suddenly his blood was poisoned by a bullet of his dumdum, and on the day he died on May 1, 1948. He was laid to rest in the military cemetery at Nahalat Yitzhak.

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