June 10, 2008, - 10:41 pm

Back in the Saddle, But My Grandmother, Z”L*, Died

By Debbie Schlussel
Sorry that none of my work was posted here today, but I was out for the Jewish holiday. While I had planned to have a piece on a key Al-Qaeda terrorist, whose son is a Barack Obama fundraiser (I was the only journalist to cover his trial), I did not get the piece done in time before the Jewish holiday. I hope to have it posted early Wednesday morning.
In the meantime, I just learned that my only remaining grandparent, my grandmother–a Holocaust survivor from Poland–passed away over the Jewish holiday. * Zichronah LiVrachah–Blessed Be Her Memory. She was a talented seamstress, who designed and made for me my satin “Little Orphan Annie” costume from scratch (along with all my other costumes). The Nazis allowed her to live because of her sewing skills. She was also a loving mother and grandmother. Almost her entire family was wiped out in the Holocaust.



Above is a photo of my grandmother and her friends, before they were either sent to their deaths, to Bergen Belsen concentration camp, or to some other horrible fate. As you can see, they were forced to wear the yellow stars and, expectedly, none of them are smiling. They were slave labor seamstresses, forced to sew and repair Nazi uniforms and clothes. Then, they were sent to the camps. (My grandmother is third from the left, middle row.)
My grandmother, the oldest living member of my family, lived well into her 90s–we believe, 94. But we do not know exactly how old she was, as the records were lost with the Nazis.

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13 Responses

I’m so sorry for your loss, Debbie. Memory Eternal for your dear grandmother. Your post tonight is such a loving tribute to her!

Maura on June 11, 2008 at 1:10 am

Hamakom yinachem eschem b’soch sha’ar availay Tzion v’Yerushalayim.

yonason on June 11, 2008 at 2:28 am

Best wishes to you and yours. Pat

Pat on June 11, 2008 at 3:34 am

May you and your family be comforted with all the mourners of Tzion and Jerusalem.
May her strength be an example for us all. May her memory be for a blessing.

Ben-Yehudah on June 11, 2008 at 5:40 am

So sorry Debbie..our thoughts are with you.

storagemanager on June 11, 2008 at 7:50 am

Very sorry to hear of your lose. Of course as you surely know only the very righteous pass away on the shabbath and festivals. Obviously she was a great tzedekes. May you be comforted with all who mourn the righteous.

currambrooklyn on June 11, 2008 at 8:40 am

Hi Deborah.
Best wishes for you.
God bless

Crusader on June 11, 2008 at 8:42 am

So sorry for your loss, Debbie. Here’s hoping that your grandmother and her friends have found eternal peace and happiness.

guitarguy on June 11, 2008 at 9:08 am

My sympathies are with you and your family Debbie. You were fortunate to have had your grandma for as many years as you did, and I hope that when she went she knew how much you all loved and respected her…somehow, I know she did.

Sharps Rifle on June 11, 2008 at 9:48 am

She sounds like a great lady. My condolences.

samurai on June 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm

My condolences to you on the loss of your grandmother. The photograph is haunting, horrifying, and historically important.

commonsense on June 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Very sorry for you. But she lived to be 94. talk about thumbing the nazi’s

mindy1 on June 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm

My condolences to you and your family. She survived and outlived the evil that tried to consume her.

Thee_Bruno on June 12, 2008 at 1:27 pm

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