I dedicate this page to Sara Feigenbaum nee' Laks, Tobka's cousin.
Biographical sketches translated by
From theYizkor Book of Plock- "The History of Hashomer Hatzair in Plock", by Eliahu Eisenberg, page 340
Two Members of Hashomer Hatzair, Fighters against the Nazis
..."Finally, we should remember the name of the Plock "Ken" - (the organization of Hashomer Hatzair): Tobka (Tova) Beatus. She was a dedicated member of Hashomer Hatzair since her childhood, and two years before the war she lived in Kibbutz Hachshara, in order to immigrate to Eretz Israel. The war cut all her dreams for a Zionist pioneering settlement in Eretz Israel. Tobka stayed behind and soon joined the activities of the underground. She was a liaison in the Kielce-Radom region, where the Jews of Plock were expelled to, during 1941. She did her very best to help them in their distress and route of agony. While fulfilling her dangerous duty, she was caught and identified as a Jewish girl. She fell in battle, as one of the heroes of the Jewish people and her memory will never be forgotten for eternity".
From theYizkor Book of Plock - "Selected Biographies", page 405.
Tova Beatus (Tobka)
Tobka was a "madricha" (teacher and a guide) in Hashomer Hatzair in Plock, and active in its leadership. She was raised, faithful to the Zionist and Socialist ideas. From very early age, she set an example to the young generation whom she devotedly educated. Her brother and sister left to Eretz Israel, as KHALUTZIM (Pioneers) before the Holocaust, but she stayed behind, with her parents in the Plock Ghetto. Her spirit did not break down and she continued, in spite of the desperate conditions to lead educational activities among the youth of Plock. She kept an underground contact with the leadership of Hashomer Hatzair in Warsaw, - and especially with Mordechai Anilewicz and Tusia Altman. According to their instruction, she continued to act as a courier in the towns of Jewish Plock deportation: Chmielnik, Staszow, Ostrowiec. She kept the communication between the various partisan and underground groups. When the threat of final deportation started to be felt, the fighters of ghetto Warsaw tried very hard to rescue her and join them. They were too late. She was caught in the last akzia in ghetto Chmielnik.
Treblinka, the End
From the book:"Destruction and Rising, the Epic of the Jews in Warsaw, a Collection of Reports and Biographical Sketches of the Fallen", Compiled and Edited by Meilech Neustadt, Eretz Israel, 1946.
..."It is beyond our power to read all the names of our comrades, fallen like heroes and martyrs. We shall only remind the names of those who were active until the very last moment of their lives, participated in the armed revolt and fell fighting the Germans:
*We did not manage to find the given name of the fighter, missing in the original letter."
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