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Hoffman, Moshe (Monique)

Hoffman, Moshe (Monique)


Son of Kopel was born in 1927 in Lodz, Poland. After the Nazi occupation, his family was transferred to an extermination camp and perished there, while he himself went to various concentration camps until he reached Mauthausen, Austria, and was liberated by the American army. Was short and lean but very industrious and quick, and after ORT set up vocational schools in the camps he immediately devoted himself to the study of a profession, studied mechanics and mechanics, and soon earned himself without needing support. “Fortunately, the Nazis did not succeed in dissuading me from the work and it continues to be the content of my life,” he would say. On the news of the country she arrived at the camps and aroused longing for aliya, and even though he did not attend meetings or hear speeches, because he found it difficult to understand them, his ear was attentive to any peace-making from the country. When the call for volunteerism came during the War of Independence was one of the first to respond to it. At the beginning of 1948, he separated from his sister and fiancee and, on a crooked road, reached Italy, where he received his first military training. By air he immigrated to Israel, and immediately upon his arrival he joined the Israel Defense Forces. He was a member of the Palmach and fought the enemy in the Judean Hills, participated in the conquest of Lod and Ramleh, and in battles in the Negev, on the 5th of Tevet 5709 (6.1.1949). A monument in his memory was erected in the military cemetery on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. This fallen hero is a “maklan” – a hero whose burial place is unknown.

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