Shlomo Lev-Ami (Levi)
(1919 - 2011)
Ami was born in 1919 at Hartuv and, at a very early
age, moved with his family to Petah Tikva. In 1936, he joined the Haganah and graduated from a company commanders course.
Because of the havlega (self-restraint) policy, Ami moved to
the Irgun, and took part
in reprisals against the Arabs.
In 1941 he was appointed commander of Petah Tikva District and later
of Haifa and the
North. Was a member of the first General Headquarters established by Menahem Begin.
In early 1945 was handed over to the British by the Haganah and exiled to Africa, where he took part in the great escape of 54 exiles
from a detention camp in Eritrea. He was caught after three months and
returned to the camp.
Ami returned with the last exiles from Kenyan on July 12, 1948, after
the State of Israel was established.
He studied philosophy, history and education at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Universities. In 1973, he received a doctorate in Jewish history from
the Hebrew University.
He also wrote a book: By Strugle and by Revolt (Ministry of
Sources: The Irgun Site