Holocaust Survivor with 400 Descendants Passes Away at 105

The Fellowship  |  February 8, 2021

400 descendants of Holocaust survivor Shoshana Ovitz at Western Wall in 2019
400 descendants of Holocaust survivor Shoshana Ovitz at Western Wall in 2019

In 2019, we told you the moving story of Shoshana Ovitz, an Israeli woman who survived Auschwitz and went on to have nearly 400 descendants. Now those descendants mourn, The Jerusalem Post reports, as the 105-year-old Holocaust survived passed away this weekend:

Holocaust survivor Shoshana Ovitz, whose birthday celebration with about 400 of her descendants at the Western Wall in 2019 went viral, passed away on Sunday at the age of 105.

She survived Auschwitz after witnessing her mother being handed over to Josef Mengele, the infamous “Angel of Death” Nazi doctor known for his cruel experiments on prisoners. Her father also died in the Holocaust.

After the liberation of Auschwitz, Shoshana met Dov Ovitz, a cousin of hers whose wife and four daughters had perished in the Holocaust. They married soon after and lived in Austria before moving to Haifa, where they had four children together.

“Only during the celebration did we understand how important she is,” Ovitz’s eldest granddaughter, Panini Friedman, was quoted by Walla as saying at the time of the 2019 Western Wall event. “We all had tears in our eyes. It was very moving…”

May the memory of this important and inspiring woman be a blessing.

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