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Holocaust and Cancer Survivor from Brooklyn overcomes Hurricane Sandy, Too

The Daily News reports: Morris Sorid has survived colon cancer and the loss of his family to Hitler.  And now, a few months shy of turning 102 , he has survived Hurricane  Sandy.

“I was nearly destroyed six or seven times in my life,” said  Sorid, wheelchair-bound, as he rested in his temporary quarters – the basement  library of the New Hempstead retirement home in Kew Gardens, Queens.
“To  tell you the truth,” he said with Borscht Belt comedic timing, “the hurricane  doesn’t excite me too much.”

Sorid was among more than 3,000 elderly and frail New Yorkers forced to  evacuate from nursing homes and assisted living facilities in places like the  Rockaways, Coney Island and beach towns just over the Queens border as the  mega-storm approached.

101-Year-old Holocaust survivor Morris Sorid (far l.) in 1948, with Jewish refugees in Munich, Germany before immigrating to New York City. In the Inset, he is in family member’s home protected from Sandy

One of the oldest known persons caught up in the mass emergency exodus, he was  uprooted on Oct. 28 from his private room at the Nautilus senior hotel in  Atlantic Beach, L.I, and brought to a small room he shares with two other men  aged 89 and 92 and their aides.

When the Daily News visited him  Saturday, Sorid seemed to be taking the shocking ordeal in stride. He said he  was grateful to have a safe roof over his head, warm kosher meals and the  company of his devoted caretaker, 26-year-old nurse Archie Catacutan.

“I  depend on him, so I have nothing to be afraid of,” Sorid said, as Catacutan  wheeled him to the lunchroom.
The evacuation was a frightening  experience for many of the seniors and caretakers in charge of their safety.

Read more at The Daily News


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