Avraham Stern, 1907-1942
AVRAHAM STERN (YAIR), ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE "ETZEL" UNDERGROUND ORGANIZATION AND LATER FOUNDER AND HEAD OF THE "LEHI" UNDERGROUND MOVEMENT MURDERED BY BRITISH.

Born in Russian-ruled Poland, Stern immigrated to Mandate Palestine in 1925. After serving in the Haganah, he joined the militant underground Irgun in 1932. He broke from the Irgun in 1940 to form Lehi, a Hebrew acronym for Fighters for the Freedom of Israel, to keep battling British rule during World War II. The violence of Lehi, known as the Stern Gang, made him a wanted man. He was killed in a police raid.

Photo: National Photo Collection of Israel