Chaim Wiessand

Chaim, son of Avraham and Tzvia, was born in 1925 in Ostrowiec. With the occupation of Poland by the Germans he was imprisoned in Lodz Ghetto together with his family. In 1943, he was sent to a labor camp in Częstochowa and from there to Buchenwald in Germany. He endured many hardships but emerged unscathed from all dangers.

 At the end of the war he engaged in smuggling Jews at the border points Gendewald in Austria and Merano in Italy.

With the outbreak of battles in Israel, he left his job and arrived in Israel on the day Haifa was captured by the Haganah forces. He immediately enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces and participated in the battles of Ein Ghazal, Tantura, Tira and Kula. On December 21,1948, he fell in a battle near Beit Jibrin and was laid to rest in the military cemetery in Rehovot.