Bubbe beat Stalin, Nazis, and NYC Cabbies

106-year-old survivor of pogroms, Nazis dies

‘Bubbe’ started several charities, gave advice to thousands in Brooklyn

Chabad.org via AP file

Maryasha Garelik, right, is pictured here with her mother Etta Esther Garelik, center, and her brother Moshe Nosson while still a teenager in Russia in the early 1900’s. Garelick, a 106-year-old Jewish grandmother who survived the pogroms of czarist Russia, Soviet anti-Semitism and Nazi terror, and became a central figure in the Lubavich community, died on Wednesday.


NEW YORK – “Bubbe” Maryasha Garelik, who lived through the entire 20th century, surviving the pogroms of czarist Russia, Soviet anti-Semitism and Nazi terror and then dispensing her wisdom to thousands of Lubavitch Jews, has died. She was 106.

She died Wednesday night in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood and was buried Thursday at the Old Montefiore Cemetery near the grave of the ultra Orth

odox sect’s revered “rebbe,” Rabbi Menachem Schneerson.

“She was small in size — less than 5 feet tall — but a giant in stature,” Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky said.

For decades, the bubbe (grandmother in Yiddish) dispensed wisdom to thousands in her Brooklyn neighborhood who came seeking her guidance. Her advice came from decades of trial by fire.

According to a Lubavitch biography of Bubbe Maryasha, her father was killed in a pogrom, or organized massacre, in Czarist Russia when she was 5, and her grandparents, with whom she and her mother lived, were subsequently executed.

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