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Philadelphia obituaries are carrying the story of Frieda Neumann-Levy, a local resident and Holocaust survivor. Levy, 86, passed away last Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (Catholic Online) - Taken by the Nazis from her home in Czechoslovakia as a teenager, she was asked upon arrival at a concentration camp if the woman next to her, who looked young, was her mother or a sister. Answering truthfully that it was her mother, guards took Frieda's mother away and killed her.
After that experience Frieda experienced countless horrors as she was moved from camp to camp. The last time she was moved, it was with a sack over her head, on a train bound for Auschwitz's gas chambers.
How lucky then, the train was intercepted by American soldiers and the women saved.
After her rescue, Frieda met and married fellow survivor, Michael Levy, who was Greek. Both were multilingual, speaking 13 languages between them, but neither spoke one in common. In spite of that barrier, the two learned how to communicate and they settled in South Philadelphia.
Michael worked in a shoe factory while Frieda worked with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid society for several years. Michael died in 1999.
Frieda herself is survived by two grandsons and two great grandsons. Frieda Levy was quietly laid to rest on Friday. The community will miss her contributions.
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