Harold (Zvi) Monash was born January 1, 1924 in Berlin, Germany to Sophie and Mechas. An American aid organization helped him to emigrate to the US in 1936, where he was helped by relatives until his parents succeeded in reaching the US. in 1940.
He was trained as an electrician, receiving his certificate in 1943, at which time he entered the US Army. He was shipped to Europe in July of that year. He attained the rank of corporal. His unit took heavy casulties; he then volunteered for service in a paratroop unit. He captured three German soldiers in Anzio, Italy. Seriously wounded in the fighting for Rome, Monash was returned to the US for recuperation. His final duty was as officer in charge of a group of German prisoners of war. Upon discharge, he planned to go on Aliyah and complete his education at the Technion in Haifa. He studied Hebrew by way of preparation. He made his way to Israel as a student with a youth group on a refugee ship which arrived in August 1946. He studied for a year at the Technion, planning to become a civil engineer. He attached himself to a kibbutz as a means of getting to know the country and its conditions better. He joined the Palmach and was sent to the Jerusalem sector. He was killed in action April 25, 1948 and was buried in Kiryat Anavim.