Veterans' Stories

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This page contains the personal stories of many veterans of the Palyam & Aliya Bet. Most of these stories were 1st published in Hebrew in the book "Ha'she'arim P'tuchim" ("The Gates Are Open") published by Palyam veterans, edited by the Palyamniks Shmuel ("Samek") Yannay and Yoske Almog. Kudos to Aryeh Malkin for the translation and to Avi Livney for going over the translation (both Aryeh & Avi were American volunteers in Aliya Bet and later became Kibbutzniks in Israel). Additional Aliya Bet personal stories (that were originally written in English) can be found in the Machal page, where all the stories we could get from volunteers from North America are published.

Note: The stories are excellent and authentic source of information on the history of Aliya Bet, Israel's War of Independence, the arms procurement enterprise during that war, the massive Aliya right after Israel was born, the establishment of the Israeli Navy, etc. Collectively, they provide a live and faithful overall picture of "the way it was" (as the caption of each story states). Nevertheless, history researchers should take into account that the stories are personal accounts that were written many years after the actual events took place, often based on recollections. We publish the individual stories more or less "as is", which means that they are likely to contain various inaccuracies here and there (as a matter of fact, the translation to English gave the website's editors an opportunity to fix some of the noticeable inaccuracies that are still present in the corresponding Hebrew versions, making the English versions "cleaner" with respect to inaccuracies).


Abramov, Zalman

Adam, Munia ("Melech")

Aisen, David

Almog, Yosef ("Yoske")

Aniv, Levi ("Anukov")

Aran, Yitzchak ("Ike")

Armon, Eliezer ("Danny")

Arnon, Yaakov

Asher, Gad

Ashkenazi, Reuven ("HaTurk")

Ashuach, Pinchas ("Pinny")

Auerbach, Yisrael ("Yisrulik")

Avraham, Meir ("Meirke")

Bar-Lev, Yehoshua

Becher, Avraham ("Miko")

Beltzen, Chanoch

Ben-Chorin, David ("Dudale")

Ben-Dor, Chaim

Ben-Naftali, Aryeh

Ben-Nun, Yochai

Ben-Tzion, Yaakov ("Melech")

Ben-Yaakov, Miriam

Ben-Yami, Menachem

Ben-Yosef, Aharon ("Eskimo")

Ben-tzur, Yehuda ("Pere")

Bendel, Uzi

Biber, Shaul

Biger, Eliezer

Borovsky, Atara

Botzer, Avraham ("Chita")

Braker, Yair

Broshi, Baruch

Chaikind, Aryeh

Chayat, Chaim

Cohen, Avraham

Cohen, Menachem ("Churchill")

Cohen, Solel

Dafni, Moshe ("HaSailor")

Dar, Avraham

Dayan, Zohar ("Zorick")

Degani, Nissan

Diamant, Leah

Dotan, Alex

Dror, Yosef ("Yossale")

Drori, Bezalel

Dvir, Yitzchak ("Itcheh")

Dziloshinsky, Aryeh

Efrati, Gershon

Einav, Azriel ("Azrilik")

Einav, Zalman

Eliav, Lova ("Arthur")

Engler, Yaakov

Eshel, Nimrod

Eshel, Tamar

Etzion, Gershon ("Yisrael")

Falick, Meir

Feldman, Bezalel ("Tzolo")

Frank, Yaakov

Freier, Shalhevet ("Uri")

Fried, Zeev

Gal, Michael ("Mike")

Gaver, Fabi

Gefen, Benny

Gefen, Sioma ("Siomka")

Gelkin, Baruch

Geva, David ("Feig")

Gidron, Yosef ("Yusuf")

Gilead, Avner ("Scandy")

Golan, Yitzchak

Goldring, Aryeh

Golomb, Yoel

Goren, Uri

Graif, Pnina

Greenberg, Chaim

Gringer, Yosef ("Boger")

Grueg, Tamar

Harel, Yosef ("Yossi")

Hason, Yosef

Hazkani, Boaz

Hazkani, Yemima

Hilb, Gad

Hod, Mordechai ("Moti")

Horev, Yisrael

Horowitz, Uri

Hos, Shmuel ("Shmelke")

Kafkafi, Malachi ("Malik")

Kalbersh, Benjamin ("Benny")

Kaplan, Aryeh ("Kippy")

Karni, Avraham

Katznelson, Tzvi ("Miri")

Keiny, Shoshana

Keiny, Zecharia ("Zaki")

Keller, Menachem

Kinarti, Yehonatan

Klein, Moshe ("Moishale")

Koren, Dvora ("Dubka")

Koren, Yosef

Kotev, Yaakov

Kozlovsky, Haya

Lambarsky, Yosef ("Yoske")

Lasker, Gad

Lazarovsky, Yosef ("Yoske")

Levi, Enrico

Levi, Gileada

Leviatan, Nissan

Libertovsky, Yisrael

Lif, Eliezer ("Gabi")

Lifshitz, Gad ("Max")

Limon, Mordechai ("Moka")

Magen, Dov ("Berchik")

Maimon, Aviva

Maimon, David

Maimon, Yehuda

Malkiman, Ben-Ami

Malkin, Aryeh

Manor, Nachum

Maoz, Yechezkel

Meitlis, Avraham ("Adam")

Meyers, Chaim

Michaeli, Aharon

Miller, Chaim

Milo, Meir

Nachshon, Moshe

Nafcha, Biba

Nameri, Dvora

Nativ, Benyamin ("Bob")

Ofer, Ruth

Ophir, Yeshayahu ("Shaike")

Oppenheim, Moshe

Oren, Shaul

Paz, Zeev ("Zevka")

Peled, Aharon ("Arke")

Perach, Zalman

Perry, Micha

Porat, Chaim

Rabinovitch, Moshe

Rahav, Yitzchak ("Izzy")

Ravid, Yehoshua ("Ossie")

Reines, Meir-Batya

Rom, Yosef ("Yoske")

Rostoker, Willie

Rotem, Yisrael

Rotem, Zeev

Sadeh, Oved

Salomon, Yaakov ("Yankale")

Saly, Amnon

Sandlar, Daniel ("Dani")

Schwartz, Shalom

Sela, Yehuda ("Silvy")

Shachar, Eliahu ("Cushi")

Shadmi, Reuven ("Shmedra")

Shani, Chaim ("Sergei")

Shapira, Yehuda

Shavit, Avraham ("Avrum")

Shechner, David

Shinar, Zeev

Shorek, Siomka ("Sioma")

Shoshan, Yitzchak

Shur, Alexander ("Alex")

Sklar, Leonard ("Lenny")

Soboliv, Benyamin ("Benny")

Tahon, Uri ("Chaim-Abutbul")

Tal, Eliezer

Tankus, Shmuel

Tarav, David

Telem, Benyamin ("Bini")

Tirosh, Baruch ("Boutrous")

Tsiddon-Chatto, Yoash

Tzafrir, Yedidya

Vaadi, Gideon

Vaknin, Yosef

Vinkler, Chaim ("Vinkie")

Weiss, Gavriel ("Gabi")

Weisser, Gideon

Yaffe, Avraham

Yaffe, Sara

Yahel, Yochi

Yannay, Shmuel ("Samek")

Yariv, Yosef

Yatir, Reuven

Yona, Amnon ("Nir")

Yones, Hanan

Zack, Yisrael

Zaid, Yochanan

Zakai, Avraham

Zeira, Menachem ("Katoni")

Zisling, Hannah

Zisling, Yuval

Veterans

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