Michael Rothstein grew up as one of ten children in an Orthodox family in Taurage, Lithuania. As a trained cabinet maker he was able to sustain his livelihood during the Soviet occupation in 1940. However, when the Nazis invaded Lithuania is the summer of 1941, Michael’s parents were murdered by the Einsatzgruppen and he was ghettoized and later made to perform forced labor in the concentration camp system. He met his future wife, Olga Stark, while in the camps and after living in Italy they made their way to the United States, settling in Kansas City.
Of Blessed Memory
1921 – 2012
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