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Olga Hirsch

Hirsch, Olga
Olga Hirsch, age 86 of Bridgeport, passed away peacefully on Saturday March 22, 2014. Olga was born in a small village in Czechoslovakia to Regina and Josef Guttman. Olga was a Holocaust Survivor who, at the age of 16, was taken, with her parents and siblings to Aushwitz where her parents and 5 brothers and sisters were murdered. Olga was later transferred to Bergen Belsen where she remained until liberated, on the verge of death, by the British Army. Despite starvation and disease, Olga survived and reunited with her six brothers and sisters who also survived the camps. After the war, Olga met the love of her life, Miki. They were married in Germany. The Israeli Haganah attempted to smuggle Olga and Miki into Israel by taking them secretly through the Alps, taking with them only what they could carry, and then onto a small fishing boat from Italy. They were, however, captured en route by the British Navy and taken to a displaced persons camp in Cyprus. About one year later, after the State of Israel was born, Olga and Miki were allowed to leave the DP camp and travel to Israel where they started their life together. While Miki fought in the Israeli Army during 1956 Sinai War, Olga spent her nights with her two small children in the air raid shelters in Tel Aviv. After that war, Olga and Miki emigrated to the United States and built a life for themselves surrounded by family and friends. For many years, as the owners of the Pike Diner on Black Rock Turnpike, Olga and Miki were familiar fixtures in Fairfield. Olga is predeceased by her beloved husband, Miki, who passed away in 2011. They had been married 65 years. Despite the horrors she lived through, Olga's spirit remained unbroken and the story of her survival and redemption are documented, and will live forever, in the archives of the Shoah project. Olga is survived by her brother Zoli, and her devoted children, Joram Hirsch and his wife Niema, Harry Hirsch and his wife Sandra, Ruth Neuman and her husband Marvin, her adored grandchildren, Etan, Adam, Amir, Mark, Sharone, Aliza and Teddy and her entire extended family. Services will take place (Today) Monday, March 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road, Fairfield, with interment following at Ahavath Achim Cemetery, 250 Reid Street, Fairfield. Olga's family will receive friends and relatives at the funeral home beginning at 1:00 PM. Olga's family is eternally grateful for the wonderful care given to her by the loving staff of the Jewish Home for the Elderly. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Beth El and The Jewish Home for the Elderly.

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Abraham L. Green & Son Funeral Home
88 Beach Road Fairfield, CT 06824
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Published in Connecticut Post on Mar. 24, 2014
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