|Mittelman 95th Birthday|
|Thursday, May 03 2012 11:00|
Sara Mittelman, a Holocaust survivor, is celebrating her 95th birthday on May 10.
Sara and her husband Israel fled their home and family in Pilica, Poland, in 1941 to escape from the Nazis. Through numerous escape maneuvers, they made their way to Russia, only to be imprisoned and assigned to hard labor. After the war, Sara, Israel and their 4-year-old son made their way to West Germany, where Sara gave birth to a daughter. After the next few years, the family was able to migrate to America, joining their only surviving relative, Geniek Mittelman, in Kansas City.
The Mittelmans loved America and the freedom and opportunities that were opened to them and their family. Through hard work and slowly learning the English language, they managed to start their own business, manufacturing upholstered furniture.
Sara’s husband passed away more than 16 years ago, but she has since carried on a tradition of giving back to her country with philanthropy, community and religious values. Her growing family includes her two children and their spouses, Harry and Brenda Mittelman and Marie and Phil Koffman, six grandchildren and their spouses, and 14 great-grandchildren, who all know her as “Gaga.”
At the age of 95, Sara still rules the family and constantly teaches her children and grandchildren the values and priorities of life. She is very proud of coming to the U.S. with her husband and children, without the English language and only “$17 in our pocket.” Through hard work and determination, they became successful in so many ways.
Sara’s children are honoring her 95th birthday with a weekend of family festivities May 4-6. All the generations of the Mittelman family are grateful for the privilege of being able to enjoy this still wise matriarch.