NAME: Rothstein (née Golob), Shoshana


DATE OF DEATH: May 5, 2000

Shoshana, daughter of Tzeviya and Baruch, was born in 1925 in Rivne, Ukraine, to a family of five. The father was a rabbi, while the mother would take odd jobs to support the family. Their parents passed away, leaving the children orphaned. The grandfather raised money to send the three youngest children, a son and two daughters, to make aliyah with the grandmother. In 1935, they reached Tel Aviv. Their financial situation was extremely difficult. Shoshana barely attended school as she bounced around from one relative’s home to another. Her sister found a place in a kibbutz, and her fortunes improved. Her brother enlisted in the British Army.

Shoshana married Yehuda Rothstein in 1945. Yehuda was in Lehi, and she joined as well. Efrat Shomron was her supervisor, and she assigned her different missions: hiding weapons and putting up posters. One time she was accosted by Hagana members, and for the rest of her life she would suffering hearing impairment from the attack. Yehuda provided security for these operations. Shoshana was the lookout when the assassination attempt against Sergeant Beck was made. Hagana members, who suspected that she was going to participate in this operation, followed them, discovering the arms cache in the Rothsteins’ courtyard, and their Lehi membership was discovered. As a result, she and Yehuda had to move to Tel Aviv.

Shoshana helped her family members; her sister and brother came to live with her after she married, although their home was crowded and the conditions were not easy.

In 1969, Shoshana, Yehuda and their son moved to the United States.

They had three more children, a daughter and two sons. The daughter is a war widow, as her husband was killed in action in the Yom Kippur War. She was left with a small child and pregnant. One son ended up staying in the United States.

In 1994, the family returned and settled in Tel Aviv. For health reasons, they moved to Eilat in 1998.

Shoshana suddenly passed away on 5.5.2000, and she was buried in the Lehi section in Tel Aviv.