The number on Marge Fettman’s left arm is too blurred to read, but the 88-year-old Holocaust survivor knows it by heart: “21,880,” she says.

One of few remaining Holocaust survivors, Fettman lost her parents and other relatives at Auschwitz. She survived, she said, because she was put to work making gun and airplane parts.

Her husband, Daniel Fettman, a fellow survivor whose parents also died in the Holocaust, died in 2004.

On Sunday, the mother of four honored her loved ones by donating a handcrafted Torah scroll to the Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie. Donating the scroll, which she dedicated to her parents, her husband’s parents and her husband, fulfilled a lifelong desire to help preserve the Jewish faith, she said.

“In my heart, I felt that the biggest mitzvah I could do is to donate the Torah, so (future generations) can read it,” Fettman said. “The Torah is our guide.” … read more