Simcha Holtzberg (1924-1994)
Simcha Holtzberg was an Israeli activist and Holocaust survivor. He was a recipient of the Israel Prize.
Holtzberg was born in Warsaw, Poland, to Shmuel and Tziporah Holtzberg. He participated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, was captured by the Nazis and sent to different concentration camps, and was liberated from Bergen-Belsen. Holtzberg arrived in Israel in 1949, and became famous for his stubborn struggle against normalizing relations between Israel and Germany. He organized demonstrations every single time a high-ranking German official came to Israel.
He also established Holocaust libraries and published the poems of the Holocaust poet Itzhak Katzenelson. He befriended the famous Rabbi Aryeh Levin of Jerusalem, known as "Father of the Prisoners". Levine's example influenced Holtzberg's lifetime devotion to wounded soldiers, whom he considered "the nation's holy and righteous".
Holtzberg became known in Israel as "Father of the Wounded Soldiers". He dedicated his life to visiting and helping wounded-in-service soldiers and terrorism victims in Israel. His aim was to restore the wounded to normal lives and enable them to return to society successfully.
In 1976, Holtzberg was awarded the Israel Prize, for his special contribution to society and the State of Israel.He died during a ceremony held in honor of the wounded on February 13, 1994. Dozens of streets in Israel are named in his honor including one in Pisgat Ze'ev, Jerusalem.