Tuesday, January 05, 2010

94 Year Old Holocaust Survivor Left Behind 2500 Descendants KA"H

A few hundred mourners gathered in the frigid cold Monday morning for a funeral for a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor said to have left behind more than 2,500 descendents.

Yitta Schwartz, who died about 6 a.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, is thought to have had the largest extended family of anyone in the generation of Orthodox Jews from Eastern Europe who escaped annihilation by the Nazis during World War II.

Unlike most survivors, Schwartz and her late husband, Yosef, left their native Hungary with their family intact. They came to the United States with eight children and added nine more in the years to come, one of whom passed away as a child.

Schwartz left Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1978 after her husband died and settled in what was then the fledgling Satmar Hasidic satellite community of Kiryas Joel. At the time, she already had more than 170 grandchildren. By the time of her death, her grandchildren had grandchildren

1 comment:

yanky said...

what nachas she must have had! being a great great grandmother!