Art@Site Benjamin Tammuz Pilots Memorial

Benjamin Tammuz


Pilots Memorial

Independence Park
In memory of the pilots Who fell defending Tel Aviv.
"Benjamin Tammuz was an Israeli writer and artist who contributed to Israeli culture in many disciplines, as a novelist, journalist, critic, painter, and sculptor.
Benjamin Tammuz was born in Soviet Russia. When he was five years old, he immigrated with his parents to the Land of Israel. He attended the Tachkemoni school and the Herzliya Hebrew High School in Tel Aviv. From an early age, he engaged in writing, sculpture, and painting. He also took an avid interest in art history, going on to study that subject at the Sorbonne in Paris. While growing up, he became a member of the Communist underground. As a youth he was a member of the Canaanite movement. More than his teachers and friends, the artist Yitzhak Danziger was an influence on him.
In 1948, Tammuz joined the editorial board of Haaretz. At first he wrote the popular column"Uzi & Co." Later he edited the children's newspaper Haaretz Shelanu. From 1965, he edited Haaretz's literary and cultural supplement, serving as the art critic there. From 1971 to 1975, he served as cultural attache at the Israeli embassy in London. From 1979 to 1984, he was invited as a writer-in-residence at Oxford University. Benjamin Tammuz died in 1989 in Tel Aviv.