Paula Orenstein

Paula Orenstein was a Holocaust survivor who was born in Warsaw in 1913 and died on November 17, 2006 at 93. Paula left the Warsaw Ghetto before it was closed with her husband Aron and daughter Miriam. A Polish farmer in a small town hid Paula and her daughter Miriam. Aron Orenstein, who died in 1990, was in Treblinka but escaped to live in the woods of Poland.

After the war, they were able to reunite and the family was sent to a displaced persons camp in Germany. Except for relatives who left before the war, they were the only survivors of both their families. In 1952 they immigrated to the United States and settled in New York. Despite their horrific experiences during the war, their faith in the Orthodox way of life never wavered. Both were members of Wagro, Shaare Zedek and Bet-El. Paula also was a member of Emunah, Hadassah and the Young Israel of Hillcrest.

Her three children, Mr. Martin Orenstein, Mrs. Miriam Schnall and Ms. Gloria Orenstein, survive Paula; along with her cherished grandchildren and adored great-grandchildren.