Esther Loeb, one of Nashville’s last remaining survivors of the Holocaust and a community icon, died Thursday of natural causes. She was 87.
Loeb was born in Poland in 1924. She and her family fled to Ukraine in Russia in 1939 following the invasion of their home country. From that point, the young Loeb experienced a life’s journey that took her to Siberia (in a forced labor camp), Central Asia and Israel before arriving in the United States. She met her husband in the U.S. and he taught her to read and write.
Loeb was committed to educating others about the Holocaust and worked tirelessly in that cause. At this year’s Middle Tennessee Holocaust Education Conference, she served on the panel of speakers and encouraged students to combat prejudice and hatred so that a Holocaust could never happen again.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Loeb’s honor be made to the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, 2417 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37240.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 10, at 2 p.m. at the Sherith Israel Cemetery located at 2113 15th Ave. N.