Borenstein, Alex Sucher, Saginaw, Michigan, Formerly of Sompolna, Poland

Passed away Saturday, April 10, 2010 at HealthSource-Saginaw surrounded by his wife, his family from Israel, and his dear friends. He was 89 years old, and just missing his 90th birthday. Alex Sucher Borenstein was born June 15, 1920 in Sompolna, Poland to the late Rivkah Ruchel and Menachem Mendel (Leibish) Borenstein. Through out Alex’s lifetime he experienced many trials and tribulations. Alex was orphaned as a young boy and his eldest brother, Abe (Avrum), raised him and their siblings. When he was a teen, Alex, was incarcerated in the famous Concentration Camp, Auschwitz (as well as 4 other camps.) During his time in the camp he was separated from his family, and held captive until the Camp had become liberated in 1945. Alex and Abe became reunited in Austria after a year and they believed that they were the sole survivors from their family. He married Elfrieda Tenek in 1949 in Vienna, Austria. They moved to Saginaw on December 24, 1950 with $20 that they had received from Hias (Hebrew Immigrant American Society) with the intent of finding a small town with German speaking people. With all of the stores being closed when they arrived Elfrieda would tease Alex that he could eat the $20 that they had received. Alex became employed as a machinist with General Motors, and he continued to work there until his retirement. After living in Saginaw for 3 years they purchased a house to live their “American Dream”, and he was able to reside there with his loving wife. His brother, Abe, lived in Boston and after living in America for over 25 years he notified Alex of an amazing story, that he would not believe in a million years. Abe had been notified by his Rabbi that had traveled to Herzylia, Israel, that he had met a man named, Meir Rosenberg, who had a list of names of people, that were looking for their families. On that list the Rabbi recognized names from his Synagogue, and these people were Abe and Alex’s immediate family. When the Rabbi returned to Boston he immediately notified Abe and they discover together that their sister, Golda Rosenberg, was alive and well living in Israel with her husband, Meir and their four children, Moshe, Israel, Sarah and Esther. Abe and Alex then made contact with their sister and her family and arranged to reunite again. Alex developed a close relationship with his nieces and nephew who live in Israel and survive him: Israel (Rose) Rosenberg, Sarah (Avi) Pasternak and Esther (Meshulam) Shmueli. And not to forget the love of his life, Elfrieda, who he was married to for over 61 years, they had a special bond even through their religious beliefs were different. He was Jewish and she was Lutheran, but that only made them stronger. Their true love will live on with his memory. As his dying words, which proclaim his love for Elfrieda were, “Wo meine Ehefrau ist” which means, “Where is my wife, Elfrieda”. Alex’s family would like to acknowledge the wonderful friends that Alex and Elfieda had in Saginaw who cared for them and became part of their family, Jerry (Diana) Hall, Sr., Suzanne Zitter, Frank and Frumeth Polasky. May Alex’s soul find eternal peace. A funeral service for Alex will be held on 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 12, 2010, which is the World Wide Memorial Day for Holocaust Survivors, at the Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State). Rabbi Yisorel Weingarten will officiate. Alex will then be buried at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to Yad Vashem, The Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, P.O.B. 3477, Jerusalem 91034 Israel. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home or through www.DeislerFuneralHome.com