Helen Fromowitz Weingarten of Sandy Springs, Ga. (Hammond Glen) passed away April 3, 2021, just four days after her 97th birthday.
Born in Oybuchko, Romania, Helen was the seventh of nine children. She, three sisters and her youngest brother survived Auschwitz as well as other slave labor camps, but she never saw her parents Froim and Bayla Fromowitz or three other siblings again. She found out from others that they died in the gas chambers.
Helen met her husband Izak Weingarten in a Displaced Persons camp in Rehau, Germany, married, and had a son Salomon. Helen’s uncle sponsored them to come to Lorain, Ohio, where her other survivor siblings eventually settled and raised their families together. Lorain is where her daughter Susan was born.
Helen became a respected seamstress and started an alterations business. In 1986, she and Izak retired to Clearwater, Fla., and upon his death in 1995, she moved to Lauderhill, Fla., to be closer to siblings.
In 2010, Helen moved to Atlanta to live near her daughter and family. She became a frequent and passionate speaker at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, where she educated countless school children and adults alike about her experience during the Holocaust. She left a lasting impression, as she inspired and brought joy to all she encountered.
Helen is predeceased by sisters Goldie Nisenboum, Esther Prayzer and Pearl Levy; and brothers Al Fromowitz and Erwin Froman.
Helen is survived by son Salomon Weingarten of Bradenton, Fla., and daughter Susan Levy (Robert) of Peachtree Corners, Ga., as well as grandchildren David Weingarten (Jill) of Denver, Colo., Abby Weingarten (Mark) of Sarasota, Fla., and Ben Levy of Brookhaven, Ga. She is also survived by great-granddaughter Miranda Nodeen, along with many wonderful nieces and nephews.
A graveside service took place April 7 at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, Fla., with arrangements by Dignity Memorial.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Jewish Family & Career Services, or the Holocaust Survivor Support Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.