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Efraim Pollak

Efraim Pollak, 90, of East Brunswick died June 25, 2014. Born in Niepolomice, Poland, he was a Holocaust survivor who survived five concentration camps during World War II. He met his wife, Rosa, in Germany after the war, and they moved to Israel in December 1948 and to Brooklyn in 1961. Upon his retirement, he moved to Monroe Township before moving to East Brunswick after his wife’s death in 2009. 

During the 1956 Sinai Campaign, Mr. Pollak became an IDF army cook, which led to a career as a cook and chef in Israel. After immigrating to the United States, he worked as a chef at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital. 

At Monroe’s Whittingham adult community, he was active in the Yiddish Club, the annual Ricklis Holocaust Memorial in Monroe, shiva minyanim, and Congregation Beit Shalom. He spoke often to local school students about his wartime experiences. 

Predeceased by his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dov (Barbara) and Abe (Michele); 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

Services were held June 27 with arrangements by Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels, East Brunswick.

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