Simon Farkas Gravestone - Tucson, Arizona, USA
N 32° 15.965 W 110° 58.960
12S E 501632 N 3569929
Quick Description: On an elderly man's gravestone are the names of loved ones he lost in the Holocaust.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 9/13/2011 2:22:37 AM
Waymark Code: WMCJJ7
Simon Farkas died in May 2010. He was born in Chust, Czechoslovakia. During the Holocaust, he was in his teens. He lost nine family members in the Holocaust. They are listed on the back of his tombstone underneath a large Star of David depicted as barbed wire or a thorny plant with what looks like an olive leaf growing out of the top of it. "Holocaust 1944" is printed on it.
Grandparents - Sarah, Pinchas
Father - Abraham
Sister - Zelda
Brothers - Betzalel Yonah, Shmelka, Moshe, Yakov
The tombstone stands out in the Jewish portion of the cemetery. It is near the driveway, made of red granite, and larger than most of the other stones.
At first glance I merely saw names listed on the tombstone. Then the enormity of his loss stood out. Simon Farkas lost 5 siblings, both parents, and two grandparents in the Holocaust. Could they have been his entire family? Or could there be other surviving members? How did he survive? How does one live with such a loss? I could not find anything online, except that he came from Czechoslovakia.
This tombstone brought home the personal aspect of the Holocaust. It made me see the devastation within families. Even for survivors how much they lost. One statistic says that 1 in 3 European Jews survived. How much greater was this man's loss.
3015 North Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ USA
Date Dedicated: 5/27/2010
Supporting Website: [Web Link]
Memorial Type: Monument/Plaque
Fee/Donation: Not listed
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