Zahava - Golda Linonad (Beilinson) zl
Born in 1917 - and passed away in Ramat
Gan on 15 Elul, 5727, corresponding to October 2nd, 1967.
She was the child of a working class, honest and modest family. I remember the days of her youth, her laughter, her energy, her enthusiasm, her
strong-mindedness, her warm-heartedness, and her loyalty.
From her childhood and her involvement in the Zionist youth movements, she dreamed a dream of the land of Israel, and only the certificate decree prevented this opportunity.
During the Holocaust, she escaped the enemy, by managing to hide her identity, and live as a Christian in a village with an aristocratic Polish family.
Her life as a Christian was mingled with a period of worry, suspicion of the neighbors, and unexpected visits by German detectives. More than once - so she
told me - her patience almost shattered from the overabundance of tension, but her vitality and fierce will to live and to win and see the downfall of her enemy
gave her strength, her kept her emotionally and morally balanced.
After the Holocaust, at the end of 1945, I met her out of the blue in a Jewish Brigade immigrant camp in Treviso, Italy.
She was like the first dove - she was the first living soul from my town after the destruction. This meeting gave me hope and encouraged me to search for other shards remaining in the vastness of Europe.
She headed south, and after a lot of wandering, she and her family arrived in Israel.
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I followed her absorption into the land of Israel. Here too, her energy, enthusiasm and faith proved to be a huge advantage. And when she arrived a little to her resting place and her birthright, it came to her as death robbed us of
her. She amazed everyone, the hearts of her family and loved ones, her friends and acquaintances were overcome with mourning and deep sorrow.
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Zahava, of blessed memory, was a victim of the Holocaust: During the period that she feared for her double life as a Christian, tiny seeds of destruction were sown in her body, which weakened her strength and positivity.
During Zahava's (obm) life, all the upheavals of the stubborn, wandering, and bitter generation were although it set again far too quickly. One can only be proud of such a noble soul.
Condolences to her family: To Shalom and Riva, her husband and daughter.