(1925 - 1945)
Yaakov Hillel was born October 1913 in Poland and at 14 joined Betar. In 1935, immigrated to Eretz Israel and served
in the Betar company in Herzliya and Petah Tikva.
Hillel joined the Irgun a year later, and took part in reprisals against Arab rioters. In 1938,
he was arrested for two months after taking part in a demonstration
against the hanging of Shlomo Ben Yosef. In 1941, he was arrested again,
and detained at Atlit, Mizra and Latrun for two years.
After being released, Hillel took part in the first operations of the Revolt: the blowing up the
income tax offices in Haifa,
and also commanded the attack on the District British Intelligence offices
Hillel's positions included: commander of Southern District and then
commander of Haifa and the North.
On April 1, 1944, he was arrested again and jailed at Acre.
Hillel was exiled to Africa with
the first transport of 251 prisoners (October 19, 1944). He succeeded
in escaping with several comrades from the Kenya detention camp on March
29, 1948, and a week later reached Paris by plane.
In France, Hillel helped organize the embarkation of the Altalena.
Sources: The Irgun Site