Hersz Flatowicz passed away on April 30 at age 96 in Omaha. Services were held May 1 at Beth Israel Cemetery, 78th St and Crown Point Ave.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Paulette (Baranowski) Flatowicz; his children, Pierre and Claire Flatowicz, Martine Levine and Harold Levine of blessed memory, Francois Flatowicz and Rhonda Buck, John and Pat Flatowicz, and Glen Flatowicz; grandchildren: Jason Flatowicz, Jeffrey Levine and Sara Beth Berman, Shayna and Kevin Flatowicz-Farmer, Nicole Flatowicz, Rachel Flatowicz, and Lisa and Eric Rubin; and great-grandchild Mason Newton.
Hersz was born and raised in Nowa Brzeznica, Poland, the son of David and Sarah, and had seven siblings: Genia, Luba, Mania, Miriam, Moishe, Rebecca, and Yisrael. At the age of 16, he was taken from his family by the SS under the guise of picking apples. From 1939-1945, he was in seven different concentration camps, including Auschwitz, Birkenau, Kreising, Lagischa, Poggenburg, Posen, and Blechhammer, where he was liberated by the Soviet army.
After the war, he traveled around Europe looking for his family and reached Paris, France. Hersz met Paulette and soon after, they were married. After starting their family in Paris, they emigrated to the United States with Pierre and Martine. The couple settled in Omaha, raising their five children in the Dundee neighborhood. Hersz served as a mashgiach at a nearby meatpacking plant early in his career, owned his own tailoring business, then worked for Brandeis (Younkers Department Store) until his retirement.
Hersz and Paulette are long-time members of Congregation Beth Israel. Hersz attended Shabbat services regularly and enjoyed them so much. He had a deep appreciation for his Jewish faith and identity and instilled this in his children and grandchildren. Hersz was very knowledgeable about current events, reading the newspaper and watching national news daily. Though he did not have the chance to get a formal education, he was passionate about having his children and grandchildren pursue higher education and graduate school opportunities, which made him so proud.
Donations may be made to Rose Blumkin Jewish Home Memory Care Unit, 323 South 132nd Street, Omaha, NE 68154 or Congregation Beth Israel, 12604 Pacific Street, Omaha, NE 68154, or organization of your choice.