BDE: Mrs. Nechama Wislitzky, A"H
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Wislitzky, a holocaust survivor who rebuilt generations. She was 101 years of age.
She was the daughter of Reb Binyamin Ephraim Fishel Beigel, a legendary Bobover chossid, a great talmid chochom, who owned and operated Beigel’s Bakery in Krakow. The bakery was a business... but it was in reality a chessed operation, especially during the war—which shattered young Nechama’s innocence.
The Germans requisitioned the Beigels’ Bakery to bake for their purposes. But the place was a constant flow of refugees who were fed with bread and soups... sustaining them in these most difficult times, and Nechama absorbed a love for chessed. When the Bobover Rebbe, Rav Shloime, zy”a, came into the bakery as he was on the run, he exclaimed: “Witnessing this is a bigger hisorerus than Yom Kippur.”
She survived the war with only her brother, Reb Yisroel Beigel. She made it to Italy, where she met and married Reb Leibish Wislitzky, an ardent Ostrovtzer chossid. Providentially, although he was from Central Poland, he had once come to Krakow, and met his future father in law for the first and last time.
Arriving in America, they settled in Crown Heights, where so many of the survivors from Poland and Galicia were rebuilding their shattered lives. Her husband ran the reestablished Beigels Bakery, along with her brothers—working many long hours. But when he arrived home, he got to work... learning for a many hours into the night. He was a talmid chochom and a tzaddik; and his wife stood by his side every day of their lives.
They moved to Boro Park in the early 1960’s, where Reb Leibish joined the Gerer shtieble on 49th Street (since the Ostrovtza chassidim from Poland had been wiped out). Mrs. Wislitzky was known as a tremendous ba’alas chessed, active in numerous tzeddakah organizations, including the Ostrovtza Kolel in Eretz Yisroel, through which she supported talmidei chachomim.
Until well past her first century of life, she kept her joy, and a great sense of humor. She was always joyful... always smiling and sharp, and she loved going to simchos.
The nifteres leaves behind a family of chassidim and yerei shomayim, most of them in the Bobover chassidus in which she was raised, a lasting credit to her legacy.
The levaya will take place in Shomrei Hadas at 11:00 this morning.
Yehi Zichra Baruch
Watch Live the Levaya of Mrs. Nechama Wislitzky, a”h.