Lili Green

"Stay close as a family."

Name at birth
LiLi (Liba) Yakubovic
Date of birth
Where did you grow up?
Kolocavo, Czechoslovakia (Carpatha Russ, Carpathian Mountains)
Name of father, occupation
Maiden name of mother, occupation
Immediate family (names, birth order)
Srul, Rozie, Howard Jacobs, me, Dov, Avraham, Chaya and Sara
How many in entire extended family?
Large extended family
Who survived the Holocaust?
Srul (passed away in Sweden), Rosie Abramovitz, Howard Jacobs (born 12/10/1929), and me
I was hidden in a monastery by friends, I passed as a Catholic.  I was hidden in Kladno, Czechoslovakia
I met my husband after the war in Czechoslovakia.  We immigrated to Israel in 1947.  
Where were you in hiding?
Friends hid me in a monastery. I passed as a Catholic.
Where did you settle?
In Israel from 1947 until 1960. We had a small fruit and vegetable market there.
How is it that you came to Michigan?
I found out that my brother Howard Jacobs was alive, living in Oak Park, Michigan. In Israel, after Shabbos (Sabbath) was over, there was a radio program in which the names of survivors looking for other survivors was read. I found out that my brother Howard was alive. My sister Rozie, my husband and I immigrated to Michigan. I had found my sister Rozie in Czechoslovakia after the war.
Occupation after the war
I was in business with my brother in the supermarket business, later I worked in a fruit and vegetable store for twenty years.
When and where were you married?
1945 in Czechoslovakia
Elias Green, Patent medicine store
Sam Green born in Czechoslovakia in 1947, electrical contractor; Marlene born in Israel, real estate broker
Elana, Leora, Stacey, Avi, and Amanda Great-grandchildren: Mason, Jacob, Maya, Reena, Isaac, Ariella, Eli, Reese, Makenna, and Cole
What do you think helped you to survive?
My determination, I was a strong, determined person.
What message would you like to leave for future generations?
Stay close as a family.
Biography given by Son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Sara Green
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