(1926 - 1947)
Haviv Avshalom was born on June 18, 1926, in Haifa, and
moved with his family to Jerusalem when still a small child.
He joined the Irgun while in high school. When he finished school, he served for a year in the
Palmach (the elite Haganah unit) as a condition for continuing his studies
at the Hebrew University (a Jewish Agency ruling obliged every high-school
graduate to spend a year working on a kibbutz or serving in the Palmach).
When he returned to Jerusalem, he enrolled at Hebrew University, faculty of
humanities, and resumed his activity in the Irgun, this time in the Fighting Force.
He took part in numerous military operations, one of
them was blowing up of Goldschmidt House Officers Club.
In the raid on Acre jail,
on May 4, 1947, he commanded the covering force (together with Yaakov Weiss and Meir Nakar), which continued to
fight until captured by the British. The three Irgun fighters were tried in
a military court and were sentenced to death. On July 29, 1947 Avshalom
Haviv was hanged at the Acre jail, together with his tow comrades: Meir
Nakar and Yaakov Weiss. Haviv was 21 when he went to the gallows.
Sources: The Irgun Site