Ateret Cohanim Recipient of Generous Gift
The Enten family and the executors of the Estate of Lilly Enten approved funds for certain projects in Jerusalem which included the Ateret Cohanim new kids nursery at the Flowers gate.
Ateret Cohanim is most appreciative and grateful to the Enten Family and to the executors.
The funds were generously donated by Lilly and Alexander Enten ( née Kallos) in loving memory of Lilly's neice Evike Gero who as an 8 yr old girl was killed by the Nazis in Auschwitz. (July 1944)
The donation is also a contribution to the perpetuity of the State of Israel and in loving memory of their families and all children who perished in the Shoah.
Their memory will perpetuate thru children in the nursery and thru Jewish life in general that has been reeestablished in the heart of Jerusalem.
Thank you Enten Family.
Below is the biography of Lilly and Alexander Enten
Lilly was born to Henrick and Elsa Kolos on 3rd October 1918 in Gyor Hungary, 1 month before the end of World War One. Her Father came from humble beginnings living in a poor neighbourhood with a dirt floor in his home. He rose to become one of the city's preeminent lawyers representing the elite and the Benedictine Order. Her Mother Elsa was a refined and she had a sister Magda. Despite his success Henrick did a lot of community and charitable work, something Lilly would continue with through her life supporting a number of charities and working with the National Council of Jewish Women. She was adored and spoiled by her Father. She was very athletic and excelled in rowing and swimming on the Lake Balloton where she met her first husband. The untimely death of the Father in the mid 1930s must have been very difficult. His exalted position in the community allowed him a funeral parade through the city centre and onwards to the cemetery.
Lilly at the time was a religious liberal Jew. Her family would joke that she would need to marry a Rabbi to satisfy her curiosity, and she said Kaddish for 12 months after her Father's passing.
Deportation to the horrors of Auchwitz followed and she watched her Mother Elsa, Sister Magda and 8 year old niece Eva be selected by Josef Mengele to be gassed while she went to work in hard labour.
Alexander Shanyi Enten was born in Erzsebet just outside Budapest Hungary to Lajos and Josephine Enten in to a large family of 12 children in 1905. He was a charming social man who enjoyed crosswords, playing the piano, socialising and playing Bridge. His Family pooled their resources and sent him to England to study baking where he remained during the Second World War. Once the war passed he was sent to Australia and the United States to sell baking equipment.
After the war Lilly was totally alone having lost all of her Family. When she located her Husband she found that he already had a new partner and they formally divorced. Having made the decision to escape Communist Hungary she was placed in to the hands of human traffickers and was caught on the boarder and jailed. Not deterred she successfully tried again. I am unsure why she ended up in Australia and more exactly in Tasmania but it was most likely due to her trying to get to the furthest place away from Europe. After nursing in Tasmania she came to Victoria and met my Great Uncle Shanyi or Alexander and married on 21st February 1951. Together they moved to a new home in a Bentleigh where the road had not been sealed. He worked selling Baking equipment and she proudly worked in the Premier's office in Spring st Melbourne where she thrived professionally as well as socially. Wilma st Bentleigh became a secure home where she formed close bonds with her neighbours who became her extended Family. Unfortunately her and Shanyi decided not to have children a decision she would later regret.
Together they travelled to Europe and North America as well as around Australia, something she would continue after his passing. In her 50s with her Husband's health failing she learned to drive. Apparently Shanyi bribed the driving instructor to skip the reverse parking section of the driving test. She never learned to park and when arriving to her destination her car was always some distance away where she could forward in to a parking spot.
Shanyi passed away on 10th January 1980 at the age of 75 from heart disease. Lilly maintained her daily 1600 metre swims and continued working at the Premiers office and travel overseas. Having dodged bowel cancer she then had to endure open heart surgery and hip surgery and even back then, thought she had passed her used by date. After each of these trials she would attend rehab and return to her former good health. During the last decade, after strokes, her health deteriorated and she suffered with isolation and pains until she died at 96 years old on 2nd July 2015.
Overall she was an amazing lady who suffered the horrors of Auschwitz loosing her Family. She was able to come to a new country with a foreign language and culture, build a new life and be very successful . She will be remembered as one with a terrific sense of humour and outspoken to the end with strong opinions.
Lilly was always a supporter of Israel and Jewish charities. Upon her passing she donated over 3 million dollars, the vast majority of her estate to JNF and UIA. By doing this she was able to contribute to the land of the Jewish people, something that was so important to her.