A 96-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Has Contributed a Parcel at the Hatzerim Forest in the Memory of His Late Wife

On Thursday, September 15, KKL-JNF held a dedication ceremony of a 15-acre parcel at the Hatzerim forest, contributed by Canadian holocaust survivor Lou Bergamo in the memory of his wife Ginevra, who passed away half a year ago.
Ginevra and Lou (originally Ladislova) met in 1946 in Rivoli, Italy, after the end of World War II. Ladislova came to Italy after discovering that none of his relatives survived the death camps. The two fell in love and married, and in 1949, they came to the young state of Israel. They lived in Beersheba at a house with no electricity, running water, toilet, or paved floor.
Due to Ginevra's health problems, the couple eventually moved back to Italy, and later to Canada, but Lou still felt a strong connection to the Negev and to Israel's southern region. The ceremony was attended by members of the Bergamo family and representatives of the southern region at KKL-JNF, Doron Buhbut and Michael Sprintzin.  
Ronnie Vinnikov, Head of Resource Development and External Affairs Division at KKL-JNF: "this is an exciting day for all of us. Lou is an amazing person who maintained a deep emotional connection to Israel and to the Negev for many years. Today we dedicate a parcel of an Israeli forest in the memory of his beloved wife Ginevra, symbolizing the powerful connection between the Jewish diaspora and the Jewish homeland. The trees planted here are another testament of the victory of Lou and all the other holocaust survivors."