Ilana Blumenfeld
Herzliya mayor calls on residents to attend Holocaust survivor's funeral
After surviving the horrors of World War II as a little girl and dedicating much of her life to commemorating the Nazis' victims, Ilana Blumenfeld has passed away

The mayor of Herzliya called on residents to attend the funeral of a Holocaust survivor, set to take place at 3pm on Monday.



"Dear citizens, a Holocaust survivor and resident of the city Ilana Blumenfeld passed away today," Herzliya Mayor Moshe Fadlon wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. 


"Born in Sharhorod in the Ukraine, she lost her father and grandfather to Nazi murderers at the age of six. She was left with only her brother Jacob to survive the harsh German winter. Against all odds, and under the constant threat of the Nazis, she managed to survive," Fadlon added.


Ilana Blumenfeld
Ilana Blumenfeld


Fadlon noted that Blumenfeld spent her entire life commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, speaking every year on Holocaust Remembrance Day, telling her story so as to keep their memory alive.


"I spoke to her daughter, asking her permission to write this after being concerned that very few people will attend her funeral," the mayor wrote, explaining Blumenfeld has few family members remaining, especially since she lost her husband several years ago and her son before that under tragic circumstances.


"It is unthinkable that a funeral for woman like this will be so small," Fadlon concluded, calling on residents of the city to attend her funeral at the Herzliya cemetery. "It is time to come and bid farewell to the woman who survived the horrors of the Nazis."


Ilana Blumenfeld was survived by daughter Yafit and two grandchildren.


(Translated & edited by Lior Mor)


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