Grapevine: Father of Haifa resident honored for saving Jews

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May 1, 2014 10:21

Haifa resident Tova Teitelbaum said that it gave her great satisfaction to know that people whom her father had saved during the Holocause had come to Israel and had brought children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren into the world.

Model Katia Marshvin has her locks cut by Eli Ben-Zikri to use as a wig while undergoing treatment.

Model Katia Marshvin has her locks cut by Eli Ben-Zikri to use as a wig while she undergoes treatment.. (photo credit:Courtesy)

■ HAIFA RESIDENT Tova Teitelbaum, who had long struggled to have her late father Jonas Eckstein officially recognized as a Jew who risked his life to save fellow Jews during the Holocaust, was more than gratified this week when her father’s memory was honored by the B’nai B’rith World Center and the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund at a ceremony in the Scrolls of Fire Plaza of the Martyrs’s Forest.

Not only was the event the closing of a circle for her, but it also led to a series of reunions. Some of the people whose lives her father had saved were in attendance as well as relatives whom she had never met before even though she has been living in Israel for decades. In fact, she introduced two lots of relatives to each other. Were it not for the B’nai B’rith ceremony, it is unlikely that she would have ever met these relatives or that they would have met each other.

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