Israel’s survivor of the Holocaust, Shoshana Ovitz, 104, had one desire this year for how to celebrate her birthday. And her family came through.
According to Israeli news outlets, her wish was for “all my children, grandchildren and descendants to come together to the Western Wall,” so she could look at each of them and pray at the sacred place for them.
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She celebrated her 104th birthday and as a gift she asked that all her offspring gather to the Western Wall.
— Yoni Michanie (@jmich019) 7 tháng 8, 2019
Ovitz survived the concentration camp in Auschwitz 74 years earlier and met her husband, Dov, who lost his wife and four daughters in the Holocaust. As a relative told Israeli journalist Sivan Rahav Meir, the couple searched for surviving relatives in Austria before moving to Haifa, where they had two daughters and two sons.
Ovitz family members did their utmost to make her dream come true.
“We do not have an exact number, but there are probably 400 grandchildren and descendants,” Panini Friedman told Walla.
Ovitz prayed for members of her family to get “everything they need.”
Survival to Triumph: Shoshana Ovitz, survived #Auschwitz. She witnessed Mengele take her mother. After the war, she married Dov who lost his wife & children in the #ConcentrationCamps. She celebrated her 104th birthday by asking all her offspring to join her at the #WesternWall. pic.twitter.com/1zJU1wOwHX
— Chaskel Bennett (@ChaskelBennett) 7 tháng 8, 2019
“Only in the middle,” the oldest granddaughter who traveled from Belgium added, “did we realize the size of the event. Everyone was there with tears in their eyes.”
It was called a “moving image” by the Auschwitz Museum on Twitter.
“This is the triumph of life over death, and good over evil,” the editorial board of the New York Post wrote.