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Subject:  Hymie Adler, RIP Date:  11/19/2003  5:03 PM
Author:  dovbaer6 Number:  2048 of 22755

Hymie Adler died last Wednesday and was buried on Friday in upstate New York.

Hymie was a kosher butcher. I met him in 1969 when I was 17, and he was around 50. I accompanied my mother to Hymies shop to pick up some Kosher meat. He was a very warm individual and was immediately friendly to me, asking me questions about where I wanted to go to college, what shul I went to, did I have a girlfriend, etc.

Hymie was born in Poland in 1920. When He was 19, the Nazis occupied Poland and Hymie escaped and lived in the woods. He joined the Polish partisans and spent the next 5-6 years fighting the Nazis and try to prevent his comrades from starving. They lived in the woods eating anything they could get their hands on, picking off Nazi soldiers and officers when they could, staging hit and run guerilla activites, etc. Somehow he survived.

After the war, he went back to his home town and discovered that everyone in his family had been murdered by the Nazis, including his parents, little sister, cousins, uncles, aunts, friends, etc. He was the only one left.