DEERFIELD, Fla. – Beryl “Bennie” Fer, 94, died peacefully Nov. 22, 2009, at his home. Born in Radomsky, Poland, he met his wife, Jadja “Jennie” in Lodz, 84 years ago. Bennie fought against the Nazi Occupation of Poland. He was incarcerated in the Lodz Ghetto, and Auschwitz and Dachau concentration camps. Bennie and Jennie settled in Boston after the war and raised their family in a tightly knit community of other Holocaust survivors. Bennie was shop steward and proud member of Amaglamated Clothing Workers Union and was part of the Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston. Bennie participated along with his family in the film “Breaking the Silence, One Generation After the Holocaust.” Bennie’s passions included his love of soccer, driving, eating, swimming and playing poker. He is survived by his devoted wife of 72 years, Jennie Fer; his son, Mo Fer and daughter-in-law, Kim Roberts-Fer, of Waynesville, N.C.; his daughter, Carole Ann Fer of Deer Isle; daughter-in-law, Ellen Wieske of Deer Isle; and grandchildren, Laura Fer and Isaac Fer, both of Maine. Donations may be made in his memory to The American Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Greater Boston, 264 Islington Road, Newton, MA 02466.
BERYL ‘BENNIE’ FER
Posted Jan. 01, 2010, at 7:30 p.m.