92 Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Murdered in A Kibbutz Massacre

October 23, 2023


Holit is a Kibbutz in the Eshkol region. Hulit's grandfather, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, was murdered in a kibbutz massacre. Moshe Ridler survived the Holocaust in Romania without his family and established a glorious dynasty in Israel. On Black Sabbath, he was murdered along with his therapist: "We want him to be remembered for the life he brought everywhere."
The late Moshe Ridler, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, moved to Kibbutz Hulit about five years ago to be close to his family. "He was Hulit's grandfather, but also our grandfather. When I was little, he was responsible for everything; he drove us, came in the morning, and brought croissants and bureks. He loved to dance and go on trips abroad," added Amir. "Over the years, age took its toll, but even then, his age could not be discerned. With his love for his family and life, he continued to give us all strength even when he passed the age of 90."

Moshe Ridler was born in Romania in 1931; he was about nine years old when World War II started, and he survived alone and without family. "They took him together with his mother and sister to a camp in Transnistria. His father and older sister were sent to a labor camp," Meshav said. "His mother and sister died in the camp from typhus, and at the age of 11, he managed to escape from the camp together with a group of young people."

"He told us that he didn't stop running, and what he remembers is that he woke up with a family in a rural town in Ukraine and lived with them during the war," he added. "He was a shepherd and helped them with the farm work. When he heard that the Jews were returning to the town and that the war was over, he was sitting on the synagogue's steps, and his father appeared before him.
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