מציבה למרת שולמית בלימא בולאג
ההספד שנשא בנה הנקו עקיבא
At the הקמת מציבה for Mimi Bollag ע"ה the Hesped by her son Hanko Akiva Bollag
Three weeks ago in the Pesach Haggada we recited that "... in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand". And so with the help of G-d the Jewish nation exist today and will continue to do so with His help. My mother ע"ה had endured the most horrible attempted annihilation of the Jews in her own life. When we were children we learned very little from her about what really happenend. But towards the end of her life she opened herself to us and to our children and shared with us in detail the horrendous experience that she and her family endured during the war. We, as second generation, cannot even fathom what Jews endured during the war. Nevertheless, my Mother succceeded to somehow leave the horrors behind and start a new life. My mother was a fighter and thus she struggled starting at her arrival in Switzerland to build a new good life. She was also fortunate, l'havidil ben chaim le chaim, to have met my father and together with him to have been able to build a Jewish home.
I would like to mention two or three details about my Mother ע"ה which have especially impressed me. Foremost, certainly must be mentioned her love for Eretz Yisroel. Already my Grandfather זצ"ל was an ardent advocate for the establishment of Israel, in spite of the fact that as Chief Rabbi of Klausenburg, this did not win sympathy for him. Also my Mother was a true Zionist. Whenever Zionism was the topic her eyes lit up and she strove everywhere to portray this subject in a positive light.
I cannot and must not forget the Shabbosim that I experienced in my parents' home. My Mother ע"ה regarded it worthy to spread a Shabbos spirit and not just through her fantastic cooking skills. I am convinced that as a result of this Ruach our Emunah and love of Judaism was greatly strengthened.
Another trait that distinguished my Mother was her unextinguishable will to live. Until the last day, she never considered surrendering or thought that this could be her last moment in this world. She wanted life and always expressed how important it was for her to see her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She had the zechus, which is not selfevident and we all thank G-d for this, to see all her grandchildren under the chuppa.
She repeatedly expressed the wish that G-d may grant her some time to experience this and to still be together with with my father.
And G-d did grant her three years after the beginning of her illness during which she was able to experience chasanas of two grandchildren and the birth of four great grandchildren. We are all thankful for this gift from the Almighty and it should be comforting to all of us, especially my father, that she was still able to have these experiences. Dear Mother, we will never forget you. Please be a Melitz Yosher for our whole family and Klall Yisroel at G-d's Throne.