Noma Aronowitz died March 6 at 99. She is survived by her grandchildren, Danny, Joel and Julie.

My grandmother Noma was born in Lodz, Poland in 1907 and lived in Holland until 1953, when she emigrated to the United States with Selma (her daughter and my mother) and David, her husband.

All three were in hiding in Holland. My mother was hidden by a Christian family in the countryside (Limberg), while my grandmother and grandfather were separated from her while hiding in the underground system with other survivors.

My grandmother had several siblings, but many of them perished in the Holocaust, including her mother. Her father died before the war.

My mother was an only child, and she passed away on March 14, 2002, after a long battle with Parkinson’s. My grandfather passed away in late 1978, shortly after I was born.

When I was in Amsterdam my best friend and I took a train to Deventer (in Holland), where I had the opportunity to visit the adopted son of the woman who arranged the hiding of my mother. I managed to also connect with her biological son who sent me some things, such as the Yad Vashem award.