BALTIMORE — Tanya Klein grew up knowing that her mother, Tova Silverstein (nee Lowenbraun), had survived the Holocaust in hiding in her native Belgium. Mom, however, shared few details — only her rescuer’s surname, Larose, and the name of the village, Villers-Poterie.
But at a family wedding in 2009, Klein’s chat with a cousin launched a quest to find and meet one of her mother’s rescuers.
Last week the Baltimore woman took another significant step: applying to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust commemoration institution, to bestow its Righteous Among the Nations award upon Angel Larose and her daughter, Marguerite.
Tova, 76, can help the effort by providing firsthand testimony. She lives in Ramat Eshkol, a Jerusalem neighborhood not far from Yad Vashem.