BDE: Reb Moshe Chaim Laundau, z"l,
By: Boropark24 staff
We regret to inform you of the petirah of Reb Moshe Chaim Laundau, a Holocaust survivor and role model to many. He was 93 years of age, and had been active in learning and davening until recently.
The niftar was born in Beregzas, Hungary in the year 1929, and had merited to learn in yeshiva before the war broke out. His father, Reb Usher Yonah was a shochet in the town, and they were ardent Satmar chassidim. He endured the worst kind of suffering in Auschwitz, and later in Buchenwald. Of all of his brothers, sisters, and parents, he remained utterly alone.
Following the war, he learned under the Pupa Ruv in Szombathely for five years, and followed him to Williamsburg, later coming to Boro Park. He remained close to the Pupa Ruv for decades to come.
It was here that he began davening in the Stoliner Shul, and being kove'iah ittim l'Torah there--serving as a sterling example of middos tovos and ehrlichkeit.
For the young, postwar generations of Stoliners, there were very few Holocaust survivors among them (they hail from Russia, where there was a Holocaust of another kind). Reb Moshe Chaim was "their Holocaust survivor," and three generations of them got to see up close the eidelkeit, the chein, and the ehrlichkeit of a milchama Yid who survived with nothing but his faith intact. He never complained, and never had a bad word for anyone. He was simply focused on his Torah and tefillah, the way a Yid must conduct himself, with simplicity and Emunah peshutah.
He will be sorely missed, and he will remain in the memories of all those who knew him.
The levaya will take place this morning at 10:00 at Shomrei Hadas.
Yehi Zichro Baruch.