Holocaust Survivor Zinaida Moiseevna Kruchek Celebrates 100th Birthday

Local Holocaust Survivor Celebrates 100th Birthday

One of the greatest privileges we have at the Y is caring for local Holocaust survivors and helping them age in place with dignity.

Yesterday, we celebrated Zinaida’s 100th birthday with her in her home. Zinaida was born on April 25, 1922 in Moldova and raised in Odessa, Ukraine. Seventeen members of her family were burned alive in the Odessa Massacre in 1941. Zinaida, and her father, mother, and sister survived the Holocaust by being evacuated to Bashkiria, where they lived until the end of the war. She went on to complete her education and become a doctor.

Like other survivors who experienced and witnessed many traumatic events and atrocities, Zinaida doesn’t often speak of the Holocaust. She prefers to focus on her life after the war, especially her family and her meaningful work saving lives as a doctor.

During yesterday’s celebration, we brought Zinaida peonies — the flower of her beloved Odessa — cake, and lots of joy! 

Like other local Holocaust survivors without family living in the area, Zinaida relies on the Y to help her with her basic needs and support at home.

The Y is dedicated to caring for the health and wellbeing of all local Holocaust survivors, and we continue to provide them with: 
• Nourishing meals and holiday celebrations;
• Field trips, like the one next week to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden;
• Commemorative events for V-Day, Yom HaShoah, and other occasions;
• Light housekeeping for those too frail to handle it themselves;
• Access to social services;
• Weekly Shabbat reflections groups;
• Opportunities to create oral histories;
• And more.

Because of our generous donors and funders, we are able to care for the most vulnerable in our community. Thank you!

About the Y
Established in 1917, the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood (the Y) is Northern Manhattan’s premier Jewish community center — serving an ethnically and socio-economically diverse constituency — improving the quality of life for people of all ages through critical social services and innovative programs in health, wellness, education, and social justice, while promoting diversity and inclusion, and caring for those in need.

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