Jerusalem - Sweet Revenge Against Nazis As Holocaust Survivors Welcome 100th Great Grandchild
Jerusalem - Like so many other Holocaust survivors, Michael and Marion Mittwoch consider their progeny to be the ultimate revenge against Hitler and this week, the couple celebrated a milestone moment: the bris of their 100th great grandchild.
The Mittwochs, parents of five, were born in Germany. Both escaped to England and worked with Holocaust survivors after the war, according to The Times of Israel, eventually immigrating to Israel where they met on Kibbutz Kvutzat Yavne.
The couple were among the founders of Kibbutz Lavi, with theirs the first wedding celebrated at the Northern Israel kibbutz.
The new baby, named Dagan Raz, is the grandson of the Mittwoch’s third child Eli Ori, reported Ynet News. He bears the name of Major Dr. Dagan Wertman, a doctor from the Israeli Defense Force’s Golani Brigade, who died in 2008 at age 32. Wertman and the baby’s father, Gadi, attended officers’ school together.
All of the Mittwoch children and grandchildren live in Israel, a fact that makes their grandparents extremely proud.
“Everyone wants to contribute to the country,” said 90 year old Marion Mittwach. “We feel we have established a really big tribe.”
The baby was brought to Kibbutz Lavi on Tuesday to meet his great-grandparents.
“This is our answer to Hitler, damn him,” said 92 year old Michael Mittwoch. “He tried to wipe us out and here we have brought the 100th great grandchild into the covenant of Abraham.”
Dagan Raz is not the first Mittwoch great grandchild to make headlines. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2k5yLqk) granddaughter Michal Froman gave birth to a baby girl last June, five months after being stabbed in Tekoa by a 16 year old Arab terrorist.
Michal Froman is the daughter in law of the late Rabbi Menachem Froman, a son in law to the Mittwochs, who tried to promote peace between Arabs and Jews. He died in 2013 after a lengthy illness.
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