Pola Rusinek (Frejlich) Fraley passed away peacefully in her sleep at the age of 91 on Tues., June 4, 2013 taking her place among the last living Holocaust survivors to bear witness to the Nazi persecution of World War II.
Born in Sosnowic, Poland, her life was a testament to the enduring spirit and determination of a remarkably resilient generation, reminding her family through the years that “G-d has been good to me.” She was predeceased by her beloved Simon, also a Holocaust survivor, who she met in the Zeilsheim (Germany) Displaced Persons Camp after liberation from a concentration camp in Parschnitz, Czechoslovakia.
She and Simon came to America with their first child in 1949, raising their family in Atlanta and living the American entrepreneurial dream. They were founding members of Hemshech, organization of Holocaust survivors and descendants. Above all else, she devoted her life to her family feeling blessed to see her children living in freedom in America.
She was a beautiful, creative and resourceful woman, deeply respected, loved and cherished by her children and adoring husband. All that her delicate, talented hands touched was with meticulous perfection from her wonderful cooking to her way with plants and her hobby of sewing.
She was also predeceased by her parents Abraham and Ester Feigle Rusinek and seven siblings whose lives were taken during the Holocaust. She is survived by her son, Steven, and daughter-in-law Marian and granddaughter Shayna; and her daughter, Phyllis. She was also predeceased by her sister Jean Greenbaum, also a Holocaust survivor who – with her husband Isaac and their children Felice Greenbaum Friedman and Judy Greenbaum Croy and their families – joined Pola in Atlanta.
The family wishes to express our deepest gratitude for the loving care extended to Pola by the staff of Huntcliff Summit, especially Jaunta Hunte-Stinnett, Gracy, Alena, Monique and Vanity.
Sign online guestbook at edressler.com. Graveside services were held June 5 at 11 a.m. at Arlington Cemetery with Rabbi Mark Kunis officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the United States Holocaust Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, Washington, DC 20024-2126; The William Breman Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum, 1440 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309; or Eternal Life Hemshech, 205 Northland Ridge Trail, Atlanta, GA 30342. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care.