Brooklyn, NY - Holocaust Survivor Celebrates 101 Birthday
Brooklyn, NY - Rachel Walfish welcomed today the dawn of her 101st year of life, she was serenaded by an international group of friends, heralded by local politicians and celebrated by dozens of fans. And the site of the soiree was MJHS Adult Day Health Center on 16th Avenue in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
State Senator Martin Golden attended the lively party and congratulated the birthday girl, who was decked out in glamorous red and black. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz sent an inspiring proclamation.
Walfish was born in Poland in 1910 and became a skilled seamstress. She married in 1938 and escaped to Russia in 1939, when the Nazis invaded Poland. Walfish and her family returned to Poland in 1946 and then moved to the U.S. in 1956, after briefly living in Israel. To this day, friends herald her quiet wisdom and rave about her multilingual abilities: Polish, Russian, Yiddish, English are her languages of choice.
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