In the New York offices of Fesco, I met a Satmar Hassid named Nachum Schwartz who told me that his grandmother, Yitta Schwartz, who passed away several years ago, survived the holocaust and made her way to the USA.
Baruch together with Nachum Schwartz
At the time of her passing, she was 93 and had over 2,000 living descendants. She herself had 18 children, and every time a child, grandchild, great grandchild or great great grandchild was born, she would rejoice and say, "Another blow to Hitler."
Had she lived another 4 years, she would have seen a great great great grandchild.
An article was written about her in the New York Times when she passed away.
While the Satmar Hassidim are strong opponents of the State of Israel, they are doing a great job in bringing good, healthy Jews into the world.
The Satmar Hassidim will eventually come to Israel, recognize the kedusha (holiness) in the State, as per the medieval commentator the Ramban, and their children will be a strong part of Israel's economy and army.
Yitta Schwartz is a modern Jewish hero by all standards. All of us have a role in advancing the Jewish People and the State of Israel. We can learn from Yitta, of blessed memory, how to fulfill our role with complete dedication.