Peretz Lev (Levkovich) was born on September 9th 1927 in a small village called Pavienze in Poland. At the age of 6 he lost his father and the family moved to Lodz. He was 12 years old when his family was forced to move to the Lodz ghetto. In 1944 he was transported to Auschwitz Birkenau with his mother and sister. As the war intensified he was moved to Hankel concentration camp in Germany and was finally liberated by the Russian troops during the last death march. After trying to return to his homeland, where Peretz met his older brother Izack, he went to Theresienstadt where he was one of the children taken under the British auspices to England and became one of “The Boys”. In 1949 Peretz was reunited with his mother, his sister and his older brother, who had miraculously survived the holocaust, and the family moved together to the new state of Israel.
In 1951, Peretz joined the Israeli Air force where he served until 1976. After his military service he joined the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers (AWIS) until his retirement in 1991. From 1991 till today, Peretz still continues with his volunteering activities with the IDF and school children as a spokesperson on the atrocities which the Nazis carried out against the Jewish people during the Holocaust. He always says it is so important “Never to forget.” This square represents Peretz, his love for Israel, the Israeli Air force, the IDF, his family and his victory over the Nazis by his legacy of four children, ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Peretz lives today in Beer Sheva, Israel with his wife, Yocheved.