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Chava is a 94-year-old widow and Holocaust Survivor who was one of the last Hungarian Jews to be put on a train for Auschwitz.

Chava says, “The train car was very crowded and uncomfortable, but there was no fear. We heard rumors of what was happening to the Jews in Poland, but we didn’t believe them. My mind could not comprehend what was about to happen.”

In Auschwitz, the women were split into two lines. Chava was selected to go to a labor camp, while the rest of her family members were marched off to the gas chambers.

“For the longest time I didn’t really understand what had happened to them,” Chava says, “Even after the war I held hope that I would see them again, but they died in Auschwitz.”

Chava said by the end of the war Nazi operations were moving so fast they weren’t even bothering to tattoo numbers on prisoners. She was forced to work in a textile factory until the Russians liberated the camp in 1945. Miraculously, Chava’s husband survived the war and they reunited. Later they moved to Jerusalem where they raised their children.   

“I was the only survivor from my family and this tormented me. But my husband and I knew we couldn’t cry over the dead, but must rejoice for the living,” Chava says.

Chava said rejoicing can be difficult, not just because she’s in her 90s, but because she’s been wearing the same dentures for 20 years.  They should have been replaced about 13 years ago.

“They caused me a lot of pain and I couldn’t eat in front of people without my teeth, so they limited me socially. New dentures are very expensive and I just didn’t have the money. I felt handicapped.”

So, Operation Blessing partnered with Dental Volunteers of Israel to get Chava a brand new set of dentures. We paid for the dentures and the follow up visits to get them fitting perfectly and comfortably. We also got Chava a special gift basket so she’d have something tasty to  enjoy with her new teeth.    

“You have all been so lovely to me. With my old dentures I couldn’t say mazel tov because I couldn’t form the words. But now I can say it freely without worrying about my dentures.”

Thanks to Operation Blessing, Chava has what she needs to enjoy life to the fullest.

“It is unbelievable knowing there are people in the world, non-Jews, who saw our suffering and opened their hearts to us.  You chose to do something to help make our lives better, and I am so grateful for that.  I thank God for you.”

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