If Dad hadn’t died, they’d surely have killed him
Jehošua Rezek was born on 11 November 1940 in Haifa as the first son of Hanuš Rezek and his wife. Both his parents came from Moravia and moved to Palestine in 1939. In 1942 his father enlisted with a Czechoslovak battalion under the command of General Klapálek, and he saw combat as a field rabbi both in the Middle East and on the Western Front. After the war his father stayed in Prague, where he was joined by his wife and his son Jehošua. Hanuš Rezek worked as the secretary of the Jewish community, as assistant rabbi, and as a representative of the American Jewish organisation Joint. He helped organise the emigration of Jews from Czechoslovakia to Palestine and later to Israel, where he himself planned to return with his family. Hanuš Rezek died in Greece in a place crash in December 1948 - he and other Czechoslovak representatives of Maccabi were travelling to the newly established State of Israel to prepare for the Maccabi world congress. His wife and both children, nine-year-old Jehošua and two-year Daniel, moved to Israel in 1949. The witness lived in the kibbutz of Hulda for two years and later with his mother and sister in Kiryat Motzkin. He attended an agricultural school, after completing military service he graduated from chemistry and worked in the metallurgical industry. In 1969 Jehošua Rezek got married; he and his wife Miriam raised two children.