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Miriam Rothstein, 91, is a Holocaust survivor, but you would never guess it from her gentle demeanor.
One of 11 children, Miriam was born to a well-to-do family that owned a supermarket in Romania. In 1944, Germans took control of the town where they lived and she and her older sister, Rachel boarded a train for Uzhorod, then part of Hungary, to join her older sister and brother. After only two months, they were ordered to report to the ghetto there.
Miriam and Rachel were transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where they suffered innumerable hardships and tragedies. Miraculously, they both survived and escaped together in 1945, with the help of two kind SS guards who gathered food for them.
Miriam later married Herman Rothstein and they lived together in Israel, Chicago, and Los Angeles before Herman passed away. Miriam regrets not learning the names of the guards who helped them escape, but with three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, she says, “I had a wonderful life. All the best for the children.”
Because of a bad eye, she can no longer read, which she misses, but she enjoys playing Bingo and attending the rabbi’s talks at the Los Angeles Jewish Home, where she inspires all those around her.
You can read more about Miriam's amazing journey in Miriam Rothstein: A Profile in Courage, a post on the Jewish Home's blog by resident Ellis Simon.