Chaim Yassky

Chaim Yassky (1896-1948) was a physician and medical administrator in Jerusalem. He was killed in the Arab attack on a medical convoy bringing supplies to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus.


Yassky was born in Kishinev, Russia. While studying medicine at the University of Odessa, he became active in the Zionist movement. [1] Before World War I he took part in Jewish self-defense against pogromists in Odessa. [2]

In 1920, Yassky immigrated to Palestine, where he was appointed district physician of Haifa. As an ophthalmologist, he initiated programs to eradicate trachoma. [1] In 1931, Yassky became director of the Hadassah organization. He was one of the driving spirits behind the establishment of the Rothschild-Hadassah University Hospital on Mount Scopus.

Yassky was killed in the Hadassah medical convoy massacre during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, approximately one month before Israel's declaration of independence.


  1. ^ a b Physicians, Forerunners of Modern Israel, David Margalith, Jerusalem Academy of Medicine, Tel Aviv 1973, p.75
  2. ^ Gilbert, Martin (1998), Israel: A History. London: Black Swan. ISBN 0-552-99545-2, p.170


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