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Sign: Tel Aviv - Beit Gamliel

Halperin St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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On the sign:
בית גמליאל
חיים גמליאל יליד צנעא ותושב אלמרה שבאריתריה, עשה חיל בעסקי צורפות, אפשר ב-1935 את עלייתם לארץ של אביו שלום, אמו שושנה אחיו ואחיותיו, ומימן את רכישתה של חלקת אדמה זו עליה הקימה המשפחה את צריף מגוריה.

בין השנים 1945 - 1946 עזר חיים גמליאל לאנשי האצ"ל והלח"י שהוגלו למחנה המעצר סמבל שליד אסמרה לברוח, החביא את הבורחים בביתו, איתר מקומות מחבוא נוספים, סיפק להם מזון, מפות ומצפנים תעודות מזויפות וציוד נוסף, דאג להסדרי הסעה להמשך הבריחות ואפשר את הקשר בין המחנה והעולם החיצון.

לאחר הבריחה הגדולה בדצמבר 1946 נתפס חיים ונדון למאסר. אשתו חנה, שותפתו הנאמנה לפעלו המחתרתי, הנהיגה את המשפחה בכל תקופת מאסרו.

לאחר שחרורו עלתה המשפחה לארץ ב -1949, בנתה במקום זה את ביתה בו התגוררה עד פטירתו של חיים בשנת תשנייה (1994).

בגין פעלו זכה חיים גמליאל להוקרת המדינה שהעניקה לו את "עיטור אסירי שלטון המנדט" ," אות הארגון הצבאי הלאומי אצ"ל" וכן את "על"ה - עיטור לוחמי המדינה".
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This sign seems to be a private initiative of Haim Gamliel’s family. But we chose to put it on the site, given that it is in the public domain, and its presence is hard to ignore.

Translation of the text on the sign:

Beit Gamliel
Haim Gamliel, born in Sanaa and a resident of Almera in Eritrea, made a living in the goldsmithing business, in 1935 he allowed the immigration of his father Shalom, his mother Shoshana, his brothers and sisters, and financed the purchase of this plot of land on which the family built their hut.

Between 1945 and 1946, Haim Gamliel assisted in the escape of Irgun and Lehi members who were exiled to the Sembel detention camp near Asmara.
He hid the fugitives in his house, located more hiding places, provided them with food, maps and compasses, forged certificates and other equipment, arranged transportation arrangements for the continued escapes and enabled the connection between the camp and the outside world.

After the great escape in December 1946, Haim was arrested and sentenced to prison. His wife Hannah, his loyal partner in his underground activities, led the family throughout his imprisonment.

After his release, the family immigrated to Israel in 1949, building the house where she lived until Haim’s death in 1994.

For his work, Haim Gamliel was honored by the state, which awarded him the "Medal of Prisoners of the Mandate", the "Badge of the National Military Organization of the Irgun" and the "Ale - Medal of State Fighters".

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