The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 30 January 2010 / 14 Shevat 5770

One Woman's Legacy

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

In an age of birth control and zero population growth it is comforting to see that there are still heroic women who endow their people with a bounty of offspring.

Yitta Schwartz passed away recently in the Satmar community of Kiryat Yoel in New York at the age of 94, leaving behind five generations of descendants – at least 2,500 people!

A survivor of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp, she moved to Antwerp with her husband and their six children after the war before settling in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. She bore 11 more children after the war and had about 170 grandchildren, all of whose names she knew.

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