BDE: Mrs. Malka Klein, a”h
We are saddened to inform you ot the passing of Mrs. Malka (Margaret) Klein, a”h. She was 96 years of age, and a Holocaust survivor.
She was born in Pressburg, Czekeslovakia, to Reb Meir and Roma Pollak, who owned three grocery stores in the city.
“There were always guests at their table,” relates a grandchild, “and she absorbed this spirit of giving.”
She would recall the emunah peshutah of her family, and thousands of others in her hometown, and adherence to every detail of halachah. “Melave malka was an affair that the entire family would sit down to every single week after havdallah, with a tablecloth, candles, and zemiros,” she recently related to a grandchild.
The Holocaust shattered that innocent bliss. Out of a family of seven children, she survived along with one sister. While she was fortunate to survive masquerading as a German, utilizing her perfect German dialect, her sister was in the geinhinom of Auschwitz.
She married her life’s partner, Reb Mordechai Klein, secure in the knowledge that her parents would have approved of the shidduch—for his older brother had been married to her older sister… and perished in Auschwitz, along with their nieces and nephews, Hy”d.
They married in Budapest, and Reb Mordechai became very successful in textiles. When Communism descended upon the area, they left for Australia for six years, very difficult ones, and then came to America, settling in Crown Heights.
In the 1960’s, they came to Boro Park, where they davened for many decades in the Kapishnitzer shul, and were close to the Kapishnitzer Rebbe zt”l.
She stood by her husband in his business ventures, and in every area of life, as they raised their daughter and grandchildren, and was known as a giving, loving person to all who knew her.
Mrs. Klein is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edith Meyer and her sister, Mrs. Suri Kaminer, shetichye.
The Levaya will take place at Shomrei Hadas at 12:00
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Yehi Zichra Baruch