Mrs. Sarah Glick, founder of the iconic Glick’s Bakery in Australia who survived the Holocaust to build a proud Chabad family, passed away on Sunday, 23 Nissan, 5779.
She was 92.
Mrs. Sarah Glick was born in 1927, the oldest child of Boruch and Zissel Baila Szwartsman. Her childhood was cut short when her community was rounded up in the ghettos. There Sarah witnessed the selection; the last image she had of her parents and siblings was them being sent on the line to Auschwitz, never to come home again. Alone, Sarah was sent from labor camp to labor camp.
While searching for her family after the war, Sarah met her future husband, Mendel Glick, who was doing the same. Together, the couple began to leave the broken pieces of their war-year horrors behind and build a new life.
Sarah and Mendel’s wedding was among the first in post-war Trzebinia; at the time of Mr. Glick’s death in 2017, the couple had been at each other’s sides for 72 years.
In 1949 the young couple arrived on the shores of Australia without a grasp of the local language or any means to support themselves.
As new immigrants, Sarah and Mendel worked hard, often eighteen hours a day, to provide for their growing family.
In 1966, Mendel and Sarah used their savings to purchase a bakery. They started with a small shop with no experience, and from the ground up, they built Glick’s Bakery into the proud, iconic Australian brand name that it now is.
In the early years of the shop, Mrs. Glick joined her husband at work long before the sun rose. She would set out the freshly-baked goods, serve the customers, and provide whatever support her husband needed to keep the store running.
Yet through all her years, as shop-owner, caterer, and baker, the titles she held most proudly were those of wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, thank G-d.
Glick’s bakery was the focus of Mrs. Glick’s every day, her husband was the foundation, and her family was the center of it all.
She raised her nine children with virtues of hard work and generosity. Even though she owned a bakery, she still made her own challah and cakes for Shabbos each week.
And among everything going on in her life, she would leave a bowl of milk on the porch for the stray cat, send food to poor people, and quietly support those in need.
Despite the horrors she lived through, she emerged from the shocking experiences with a soft empathy, an incredible sense of humor, and deep wisdom.
She is survived by her children: Avrohom Glick, Suzie Kluwgant, Leslie Glick, Miriam Ludmir, Penina Levitan, Chaim Glick, Esti Graj, Nechama Bendet, and Nuchy Glick, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren around the world.
Her life continues on with the five generations whom she merited to raise—and through the universal messages of resilience, humility, and kindness that she taught.
The levaya took place on Tuesday in Melbourne.
May her memory be a blessing – Sarah Ittel bas Boruch.