3.11.16 Issue

Ruth Pollak passed at the age of 95 in Laguna Woods, CA, with her family surrounding her. She was buried at Mount Sinai – Hollywood Hills Cemetery.

She is predeceased by her husband, William Pollak, parents, Felix and Nellie Bachmann, and sister, Irene Seligman.

Ruth Pollak was born February 18, 1921, in Hanover, Germany.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Oliver B. and Karen (Goldstein) Pollak of Omaha, and daughter and son-in-law, Judy and William Lo of Laguna Woods Village, CA; grandchildren: Noah Pollak and Erika Yabek of Berkeley, CA, and Aaron Pollak and Marianna Shtromberg of San Francisco, Justin Lo of Los Angeles, and Chelsea Lo of Laguna Woods, CA; four great-grandchildren: Zev and Yael, and Shaina and Jaikob; and nephews and cousins.

Family was important to Ruth and William, and although they did not have middle names, they preserved the memory of deceased family members by giving their children middle names. Judy’s middle name is Agnes after her paternal grandmother who died in Theresienstadt. Oliver’s middle name Bert, is for Adelbert, the name of his paternal grandfather.

Ruth’s Parents were Nellie Bachmann, nee Borgzinner and Dr. Felix Bachmann. She left Hanover, Germany, in 1939, after Kristallnacht, as a refugee.

She met William Pollak, a refugee from Vienna, Austria, who was in the Czech Brigade of the British Army, in Cambridge, England. They married in 1942 and emigrated to America in November 1952. They lived two years in McConnelsville, Ohio, where her survivor father worked in a tuberculosis sanitarium. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1954 where she worked as a medical assistant. She loved her family, California, the outdoors, travel and food.

Memorials may be made to the the Nebraska Jewish Historical Society, Beth El Synagogue or an organization of your choice.