Bobby’s Story: Living with Faith after the Holocaust

An Auschwitz survivor shares her faith with the Next Generation.

Article 1 of 3 in the series Bobby’s Story

Comments (77)

(74) Charles A. Merrill, July 12, 2015 8:49 PM

I understand you came from Svalavar, Czechoslovakia. My mother was born there. Her name before the war was Jennie Ackermann. My born was born in 1919. If you remember my mother and her family, I would love to hear from you.

(73) Aliza, August 20, 2013 3:29 AM


The only peace of mind I have, is that the Nazis and Hitler, yemach shemo, are being repaid for their actions by Hashem.

(72) PETER FIELD, July 24, 2013 7:27 PM


Thank you Bobby for sharing your story with us in South Africa it is so sad that millions of people had to die for nothing but the Jewish people have tenasity and you are GOD'S chosen people and as a friend of Israel God Bless you Bobby

(71) Anonymous, July 23, 2013 5:01 PM


Amazing story, thank you! It transcends the lines of religious vs. not religious, etc. and reminds us no matter what, we are Jews.

(70) sandrine, July 19, 2013 3:07 PM

Everybody must know this part of history

Not only JEWS but Everybody must talk, see videos about the most part of "human".
Because it must never and never begin again.
Everybody must care about antisemitism...
And for Rescapes of this tragedy: stay and stay together because it's part of a Family's heritage.
Teach and teach...
And I will never forget the pictures i saw at NATZWILLER ( FRANCE-67) ( medical' experiences...). Many JEWS of the East of Europe were deported in this "devil's house". I don't imagine about Auschwitz, but the "courage" is to see what Men did to others because of Religion and "inferiority" mind: Tziganes, Resistants,Sicks persons.
Best Regards and Shalom Yall'.

(69) Ella, July 18, 2013 12:42 AM

Todah Rabah

Thank you Bobby for sharing your story that what you had to endure will not be lost to future generations. I was born in 1944 so was just a baby when all this was taking place. Even though I am in the diaspora and have no proof of my Hebraic heritage, I feel a great remorse for those who had to endure the Holocaust. I am thankful for those of you who were spared and still walk in the love of HaShem May you continue to live in health and Shalom. Bless you from the depth of my being.

(68) Sam, July 17, 2013 3:01 PM

Question for Bobby

A wonderful video about the strength of faith and courage, and the healing power of love and devotion to others. May you continue in good health for many years to come, enjoying your precious family and being a beacon of light for the rest of us.

If you can verbalize it, please answer how does a person purge hate from himself? There must have been a time when you felt this towards those German beasts. How did you purge that feeling towards those who murdered your family and nation?

(67) Leah Hiller, July 17, 2013 10:42 AM

Incredible person you are! Thank you very much for sharing. Cried the whole way through the interview being a child of a sole survivor. Your bitochon is inspiring. May you and your family be gebenched.

(66) Shoshana, July 17, 2013 5:24 AM

Thank you.


thank you so much for giving us chizuk to strengthen our emunah and bitachon. Also you are a perfect example of how we can rebuild the third biet hamgidas; it was destroyed because of baseless hatred... you are such an amazing giving person in such a geniune way and obviously so kind to everyone around you... It is very inspirational. I hope i can grow to be as giving and selfless as you one day.

(65) Chaya, July 17, 2013 3:58 AM

Chazak , Chazak!!

Wow! Thank you so much for the much needed Chizzuk in keeping perspective of moving forward. My grandparents were Holocaust Survivors and my grandfather was almost convinced to share his story. Thank you for taking the plunge and sharing your experience with true Emuna and Bitachon. You exemplify the understanding of " Imo Anochi B'Tzara." May Hashem send you Koach AD BlI Day to continue in your Avodas HaKodesh in building continuously Ad Beas Goel Tzedek B"mHayra B'Yameinu!!
Chaya (Far Rockaway, NY )

(64) Shiffie, July 17, 2013 3:53 AM


The best part was the positive attitude through. Its amazing how someone who been thru this can stay so positive!!!!

(63) Lisa, July 17, 2013 2:19 AM

Very impacting!!

Thank you for this very real overview of Bobby's's a great dose of optimism!!

(62) Anonymous, July 17, 2013 12:49 AM

Thank you!

Thank you for sharing your story. There are no words to describe what you went through. The taste that you gave through this video made me feel the aveiulus of Tisha Ba'v, and also a bit of the nechama - because when Hashem looks down and sees someone like you you, who can go through what you did and emerge with such emunah and positivity, He no doubts takes one step closer towards bringing the geulah shelaima. May you have continued good health to enjoy the nachas from your beautiful family and to continue to inspire others.

(61) Anonymous, July 17, 2013 12:28 AM


Dear Bobby,
May Hashem bless you many healthy years and a lot of nachas! Your video touched my heart. Your emunah in Hashem is that truly befitting of his nation's love for our Torah. I feel so connection to you thru your emunah. In the merit for our Torah and Mitzvos Hashem with send us Moshiach.
Catskill Mountains, NY

(60) Timeless lessons, July 17, 2013 12:12 AM

Invaluable and simple

Two of the powerful quotes that Bobby so unassumingly taught in this fantastic video which to me seemed to encapsulate the entire presentation.

Hate is destructive. If you hate you destroy yourself.

If you do things for other people you forget about yourself. You forget your sorrow because your busy doing good for others.
Thank you Bobby

(59) Nechama Laitman, July 16, 2013 11:40 PM

Thank You!

What a deeply moving and inspiring story. Thank you!!!

(58) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 11:34 PM

thank you for inspiring me!

What a moving video! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences. I can't imagine how painful it must have been to relive that trauma but you were willing so that others can learn. I will try to always focus on the good in my life even during difficult times. And as others have commented, the words Shema Yisrael will never be the same to me. May you be bentched with many more years of gezunt and nachas from all your offspring.

(57) Rachel, July 16, 2013 11:13 PM

Beautiful in and out - I have fallen for this lady

What a beautiful lady - not just a pretty face which you can tell she was beautiful as a young woman as well but she shines with love pride and life affirmation - the look on her face in her granddaughters's wedding pic is priceless. Your family are lucky to have you in so many ways - you are dazzling. Live beyond 120 - the world needs more like you!xxx

(56) peter gordon, July 16, 2013 11:02 PM


Bobby,thank for sharing your love in this film with the is what has survived thru you..may you and your family continue to share G-ds love and purpose to us all.

(55) RAMONA ROGOFF, July 16, 2013 10:24 PM

An amazing story

I was really touched by Bobby's story. The positive outlook on life that you have today is truly remarkable.

(54) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 10:16 PM

thank you

it must have been very difficult to speak about your experiences, i admire your strength. it was such an inspiration to watch!

(53) Nina, July 16, 2013 9:55 PM

So beautiful

What a beautiful video about such a beautiful person. I had tears in my eyes throughout the film. Bobby you should only have tremendous nachas.

(52) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 9:39 PM

Thank you

Thank you Bobby for your profound courage. There are no words to describe the impact of this presentation. May the Ribbono Shel Oilam bentch you with continued gezunt, koi'ach and yiddishe nachas from your beautiful family. Ashreicha.

(51) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 9:23 PM


Thank you Bobby for sharing your story- I have found it to be truly courageous and inspirational. You should have continued nachas from your family.

(50) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 8:37 PM

Unbelivably Inspiring Thank You Bobby!

Bobby, Thank You so much for sharing your incredible story. It was truly touching and has left me with inspiring lessons on emunah, bitachon, and simcha. May you continue to gain nachas from your children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren ad meah vaesrim shana!

(49) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 8:18 PM

Thank you for sharing your inspiring and very moving story. May you always have so much nachos from your family.

(48) Pearl and Monty Kaplan, July 16, 2013 8:15 PM

Most moving and inspiring production

We watched this presentation on Tisha Be'Av and found it both moving and inspiring. Bobby comes through as a unique person with such a positive attitude to life. Her lack of bitterness and acceptance of the difficulties she had to experience are something we should all emulate. May you, Bobby, have continued nachas from your beautiful family.

(47) Shani Lavi, July 16, 2013 8:11 PM

A true inspiration

Bobby, thank you for sharing your story with us. You are a true inspiration. Your faith is contagious! Im sure that I speak for everyone when I say that I was truly touched watching this video, and have certainly taken away some very important lessons. Thank you! Wishing you only Simcha and Nachas from your beautiful family....

(46) YitzchokM, July 16, 2013 8:09 PM

Thank you!

My bubby and zaidy couldn't bring themselves to speak of their wartime experiences. In a way I feel as if you, Bubby Numen speak for them.
Thank you Bubby.

(45) Dovid, July 16, 2013 8:03 PM

Very Inspiring

The film was very inspiring and I am glad I watched it on Tisha B’Av. May Bobby live until 120 in health and happiness - Amen!

(44) H.. Goldsmith, July 16, 2013 7:53 PM


Dear Bobby, May you continue to schep Yiddishe nachas from your entire mispacha, and your ancestors in Shamayim are shepping nachas too.

(43) Julia Konnik, July 16, 2013 7:30 PM

thank you

I have a russian-jewish background and we are baalei tchuwa living in Berlin, Germany. I have often heard that the survivors do not talk about what happened. I have often heard that non-religious survivors could not establish a healthy family. The more I would like to thank Bobby and the makers of the film. Bobby's life show that belief in Hashem help supernatural things happen. That we should not hate and destroy ourselves with it, but keep eyes open for people around us to be there for them.

(42) Yitz Moller, July 16, 2013 7:13 PM

Very Inspirationalto see such uncompromised positivity & Emunah P'Shutah


Is truly inspiraional to see uncompromised positivity and emunah p'shutah even with all that you have seen and been through!!!

I wish you many more years of health and nchas from your family!!

(41) torah, July 16, 2013 7:06 PM


beautiful video. what an inspiring person your bobby is. is the music a capella?

(40) Hadassah, July 16, 2013 6:47 PM

I am truly inspired

Thank you Bobby for sharing your story with others.Listening to a holocaust survivor speak with such emunah and sincere faith is more powerful than words can describe.I am in awe of you and only wish that I could meet you in person.Thank you for adding so much meaning to my Tisha ba'av and for demonstrating the beauty and tenacity of the jewish soul.May all the good that comes from this fantastic video bring an aliya to the neshamos of your beloved parents and brothers. I Wish you only the best from the bottom of my heart.

(39) Galia Berry, July 16, 2013 6:12 PM

Bobby, You are a beautiful person inside and out. Thank you for sharing such a personal part of yourself with the rest of us. To see your many descendants is not only nachas; it is the best revenge. Am Yisrael Chai.

(38) Donna, July 16, 2013 6:09 PM

Thank you, Bobby

I have always heard personal experiences from non-frum survivors. While I am touched, nevertheless, I am especially touched by a woman who recounted things like the Shema, davening and all of the other activities frum Jews participate in. Bobby's story was not just of survival, but of survival while remaining true to her roots.

(37) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 5:53 PM

i really enjoyed this film . it was well produced and bobby is amaizing. she makes me feel a certain connection. similar to that of my own bobby who went through the war. Thank You

(36) Ann, July 16, 2013 5:44 PM


Dear Bobby, we send our love from Canada xoxoxo

(35) Phyllis JB Jonas, July 16, 2013 5:22 PM

Thank you for 43 inspirational minutes.

Thank you for 43 inspirational minutes in my Tisha'Bov observance. It was sad yet uplifting. We do not understand why some people survived and not others, yet retelling the story gives us strength.

(34) Cena Abergel, July 16, 2013 5:22 PM

Hashem was with me...

Thank you Bobby for sharing your journey with us all. I will keep with me your parting words....Hashem was with me.

(33) Batsheva Olitzki, July 16, 2013 5:17 PM

Thank you for spreading your beauty, emuna and inspiration. Feel part of this special, extended family. May you only know simchas.

(32) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 5:11 PM

thank you Bobby for sharing your experience,
when you talk about your faith, it really is inspiring,
it made me feel if you can have faith to go on (even though you experienced such horror) than so can i

(31) Tobi Fein, July 16, 2013 5:10 PM

Thank you for sharing your precious story and showing future generations the importance of faith in Hashem and what true wealth really is! You have inspired me to never give up! You should be blessed with continued nachos from your entire family.

(30) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 4:59 PM

Thank you

Thank You Bobby for sharing your story.

(29) Michal, July 16, 2013 4:49 PM

Very moving and inspiring

Bobby, as a child of Holocaust survivors, I have always felt the need to somehow be involved in perpetuating the memory of the kedoshim and educating the new generation in a way that goes beyond what they can read in a text book. You have certainly done that yourself! You are as brave today as you were seventy years ago.You inspire me!

(28) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 4:47 PM


Belief in Hashem without questions - just knowing He's there shows character in strength and courage.

(27) liz, July 16, 2013 3:53 PM

unbelievable story!! its so good to see your wonderful family. bobby you are such an inspiration. thank you for sharing your story

(26) Grandma Marge, July 16, 2013 2:19 PM

There are no words....

Thank You, Bobby, you are indeed OUR Bobby---I have tried to teach my children and Grandchildren not even to say the H (hate) word---I was a small child in America during the years you were trying to survive---I feel I must of felt yours and others pain, you have sent love to all of us by telling your story. Bless you and sending you my Hugs for sharing your story--

(25) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 12:27 PM

Bobby has read your messages...


goldie shawel, July 17, 2013 3:39 AM


My parents are survivors as well and are b"h still alive. My father yelled about the war all of the time. My Mom was quiet.I am 57 years old and still feel the effects of what they went through and how it impacted my life. My parents did the best that they could to raise us but unfortunately it fell short. However, of course I now know and understand and harbor no ill will. I was so inspired by your courage and commitment to yiddishkeit no matter what! I watched the video and then went to the Holocaust museum here in Dallas. Bobby I went with more strength and determination because of you and my parents. I cannot say how much this video has impacted my life today. I have so much gratitude for you...your smile, your whole family gave me so much back to you from Dallas.

(24) a volounteer, July 16, 2013 11:39 AM

thank u for inspiration

some of us volounteers feel we have done our bit and can now stop, but u remind us to keep on and on and on......................

(23) Aviva Siegel, July 16, 2013 11:12 AM

woman of valor

Bobby's story is why we Jews are the "Chosen". B-h

(22) Sara Rigler, July 16, 2013 11:12 AM

Beautifully produced film

Not only is Bobby's story moving and inspiring, but the way Naftali Schiff put it together drew out of it every nuance of meaning and significance and wisdom. The final shot--of Bobby and then the camera panning out to see more and more and more of her descendants was utterly brilliant.

evelyn rutstein, July 16, 2013 11:53 PM

Thank you Bobby for your inspiration

Thank you Rebetzin Rigler, for your right on target summary.

(21) Rabbi Yoni Schick, July 16, 2013 5:31 AM

I also had a Bobby...

My grandmother, Bobby Schick was a similar inspiration. May Bobby Neumann continue to inspire and receive nachas from her family foor many years to come.

(20) Anonymous, July 16, 2013 3:59 AM

I was so inspired from this video. The fact that you still smile and feel happy makes any problem disappear. THABK YOU

(19) Tammy G., July 16, 2013 2:01 AM

Thank you so much for sharing your story

Bobby, I was enthralled by your story on so many levels!
I will never be able to hear Shema in the same way again! I was so inspired by your story, but mostly by your reaction to everything that happened to you. How you chose to believe in Hashem and do things b'simcha despite everything you've been through. I especially loved your message at the end of the video when you said, "When you do thing for others, you forget about your sorrows!' I cried so much, when at the end you see a picture of you with your entire beautiful family. Wow! Out of the ashes, look what you have created! Thank you so much for sharing your story. You are an incredible role model on so many levels! May Hashem continue to bless you and your family!

(18) Dorith, July 16, 2013 1:24 AM

Unbelievable story, gives a lot of chizuk .

(17) Anonymous, July 15, 2013 8:07 PM

Thank You Boby

Thank You Bobby for sharing your story!

(16) Esther, July 15, 2013 8:03 PM

Bobby, I wish I knew you!

Thank you so much for sharing your story and yourself with you. It was very special to hear how someone brought up with a strong faith experienced the Holocaust. I was particularly moved when you mentioned how the group after group shouted "Shema Yisrael" when they were brought into the gas chambers. To have that clarity in their final moments is amazing, and all the more so when the jews who went through the Holocaust were of different levels of religiosity.

(15) shlomtze weisz, July 15, 2013 7:40 PM

Bubby's emunah and staunch faith mothers us all. May you have lots of nachos from both your biological children and the many that this video gives birth to spiritually!

(14) Shani, July 15, 2013 6:53 PM

What an inspiration

Bobby, you are so wonderful. I truly admire people who went through the holocaust and still love HaShem and build families who have Torah in their lives. You are a true inspiration to every Jew.

(13) Anonymous, July 15, 2013 4:11 PM

No words can catch my feeling. Bobby is very special.

May this video reach ,teach and inspire many people.

(12) Tj Voelker, July 15, 2013 1:44 PM

Thank you Bobby

Dearest Bobby, You're story has deeply touched me and I just wanted to say thank you for sharing it. You are an inspiration to me. I pray I never forget the example you have set for me. I don't know you, have never met you, but I love you! May HaShem continue to richly bless you! Shalom!

(11) Rinah, July 15, 2013 7:14 AM

Your reward, a crown!

I love the roses behind your head Bobby. I see a crown, your crown of diamonds in the heavenlies! You are rich indeed!

Lisa Coleman, July 16, 2013 2:13 PM


Yes, Bobby, is indeed very rich in love and faith!

(10) Anonymous, July 15, 2013 4:03 AM

A remarkable person

I watched the video by Rabbi Naftali Schiff and JRoots called Bobby's Story. This video was touching and
inspiring. I found it very remarkable that in spite of what she went through, Bobby does not hate and she
is still a warm and loving person.

(9) Daniela, July 15, 2013 12:03 AM




(8) Anonymous, July 14, 2013 11:18 PM

Thank you for another unbelievable and inspiring Aish video.
May Hashem bless you, Bobby to continue to inspire and enrich the lives of so many individuals so that together we should greet Moshiach this Tisha B'av!

(7) Karen, July 14, 2013 10:53 PM

I¨m a chilean jew, but I feel that you are my family,
God bless you

(6) avital nightingale, July 14, 2013 9:49 PM


i am 10 years old and my grandfather is also a holocaust survivor and he does not talk about it much but listening to bobby made me feel so appreciative of my family and next time i say shema it will mean much more.

(5) alyssa, July 14, 2013 7:58 PM

This story changed my life. Thank you so much for sharing your story in such a generous manner. I feel strengthened and inspired to be a Jew and to be a giver. Thank you.

(4) Miriam metsch, July 14, 2013 7:06 PM

She is a neuman

(3) Anonymous, July 14, 2013 5:46 PM

Overwhelmingly beautiful and inspiring

Overwhelmingly beautiful and inspiring!
Bobby is a living mussar haskel--a teacher to those of us who did not live through what she did--of how to go on with life, with joy and appreciation for Hashem's blessings, even in a world that has poured so much sorrow upon the Jews, and--Hashem yerachem--continues to threaten us.
Bobby, thank you from the depths of my heart for embodying what "Ivdu es Hashem b'simchah" means. May you continue to derive much nachas from your lovely family until we all greet the coming of Mashiach, b'mhairah b'yamainu!

(2) Yehudith Shraga, July 14, 2013 4:58 PM

Amzing Woman

The ability to overcome the feeling of hatred shows the real Greatness of the Spirit.

(1) Laya, July 14, 2013 4:53 PM

thank you amazing Bobby

You give the world so much. A beautiful family and the chance for us all to strengthen our emmunah. May you be continually blessed. There is no doubt that you have lifted many, many souls.
Thank you and many (((hugs)))


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