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On April 2, Bertha Schwarz (Bracha bat Dora). Born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1933, after surviving the Holocaust she and her mother and two sisters immigrated to Palestine to help build Israel. After serving in the Israel Defense Forces and marrying, she immigrated to the United States where she started her own family. She regularly spoke through the Baltimore Holocaust Speakers Bureau about her experience as a child survivor. She also volunteered at the Claims Conference and the American Red Cross Tracing Service where she began researching her family history. That led to trips to Europe with her sisters to retrace their steps as children, and then to Poland for conferences on wartime hidden children. She recently published her memoir. She is survived by son Daniel Asher Schwarz of Philadelphia; daughter-in-law Susan; grandsons Eric Andrew and Zachary Karl; daughter Mira Elisabeth Appleby of Baltimore; son-in-law Daniel; grandchildren Samuel Joshua and Dena Rebecca; daughter Ronit Edda Gorelik; son-in-law Kenneth of Modiin, Israel; grandchildren Avigail Dorit and Joseph Yechiel; sister Bella Mandelbrod of Ramat Hasharon, Israel; and many nieces and nephews in Israel.

Contributions may be sent to ESRA Israel, Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center or The World Resources Institute.


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