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Julia Haber (Lakritz) - Class Of 1956 VIEW PROFILE

Julia Lakritz

Madison resident Julia Lakritz (nee Haber) died July 3 at the age of 68.

Born in Sasow, Poland, in 1938, one year before the Nazis invaded the country, her father was conscripted into the Russian Army and her mother was sent to a concentration camp. She and her grandparents were herded into a ghetto, managing to escape through the sewers before the ghetto was liquidated.

They rejoined Julia’s mother, who had escaped the camp after a guard and former classmate informed her that the prisoners were to be shot that night. Her grandfather was caught and killed by a German patrol in the meantime.

The three remaining family members were then hidden by the family of Maria Zurawska, who risked her life despite the fact that her husband had been killed for harboring a Jewish family.

Julia’s family left Poland in 1946, going to the Dominican Republic. They entered the United States in 1951 and settled in Milwaukee.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with degrees in Spanish and English, and became a Spanish teacher. She moved to Madison in 1964.

After retirement, she participated in Spanish, French and Yiddish language groups. She also volunteered with Jewish Social Services.

She is survived by husband Lowell Lakritz; daughter Dr. Amy Lakritz (Dr. Mark Weiner) of Canton, Ohio; sons Jay (Debbi) Lakritz of Milwaukee and Michael Lakritz of Silver Thorne, Col.; brother Sheldon Haber of Madison; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on July 4. Rabbi Jonathan Biatch officiated. Burial was in Forrest Hill Cemetery.

The family would appreciate contributions to Temple Beth El, Beth Israel Center or Jewish Social Services in Madison.

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