Perel Wiesel passed away on March 29 due to complications from COVID-19.

She was born in Sighet, Romania (the same hometown as Holocaust survivor, writer and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel), where her father was a Chassidic Rebbe.

She managed to survive World War II and the Holocaust, saving herself from the Nazis on more than one occasion.

After the war, she married Rabbi Meir Wiesel. Together, the couple raised five children in Israel, and became grandparents to hundreds of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Wiesels lived in Bnei Re’em, Israel, later moving to Rehovot.

In her later years, she lost a son and daughter, but always remained strong, comforting her many grandchildren.

Wiesel was close with the Rebbes of the Kretchnif Chassidic dynasty.

“She was a symbol of hospitality and kindness,” a relative told Ynet news. “She merited to raise a beautiful family of hundreds of descendants.”

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