Imre ‘Hefi’ Heffner

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Heffner Imre

Born in Újpest in 1924

Killed in the War of Independence

Member of “Dror Habonim”

Imre joined the movement in 1938. As refugees arrived from Poland and Slovakia, he gave them assistance. After the German invasion of Hungary on 19.3.1944, Imre went underground with the other members of the movement who had not been enlisted in forced labor units. Imre traveled to the Miskolc ghetto, handed out forged documents to comrades whom he smuggled into Budapest. In July 1944, he crossed the border into Romania within the framework of the tiyul and in August of the same year, he arrived in Eretz Israel (Palestine). Imre was one of the founders of Kibbutz Ein Zeitim and in 1947 he moved to Kvutzat Kinneret. He fought in the War of Independence and was killed in the battle for the Tzemah police station.