Esor Ben-Sorek
Esor Ben-Sorek

The miracle of glass

Those who have read Marcy Oster’s moving testimony to a 103 year-old holocaust survivor cannot be untouched by the life of this amazing woman.

I cannot add to Marcy’s tribute to a remarkable Jewish woman who arrived in America at the age of 34, not speaking a word of English. With her skills she became a drapery manufacturer and provided a good living for her surviving children and her husband, Abraham.

In Warsaw, Poland where she was born in 1917 her name was Raisla. 34 years later in America she became a Rosalee.

During the Nazi occupation of Poland she and her family were able to flee for temporary safety in the Soviet Union.

She and her husband, Abraham Glass, who she married when she was 18 years old in 1935, survived the frigid cold of Siberia.

In the Soviet Union they were arrested by the Soviet police and were deported to a Siberian prison camp where two of her young children died.

At the war’s end in 1945, Rosalee, husband Abraham and young son Manny were transferred to a camp in Germany meant to house displaced people. They remained in the German camp until the early 1950’s when they immigrated to the American sunshine state of Florida.

Not speaking a word of English, Rosalee provided for her family by becoming a very successful business- owner in the fabric industry for more than thirty years.

Her skills and her passion enabled her to be a wealthy woman who provided for her beloved family and who was a generous contributor to worthy charitable causes.

When Rosalee Glass was more than eighty years old she appeared often on television shows and she shined her bright smile as the actress she had become.

Her love and devotion for her husband Abraham and son Manny was legendary as her surviving wonderful daughter Lillian can testify. She did so in her 2018 magnificent documentary, “Reinventing Rosalee”.

Only a few days ago on December 8, Rosalee was injured on her way to the Los Angeles airport with daughter Lillian, en route to the White House in Washington, DC to be an honored guest at the American president, Donald Trump’s annual Chanukah party.

A doctor who examined her found her fit to travel and she was formally escorted to the White House on December 11.

President Trump hailed her as a woman of valor, a holocaust survivor who had built up her life in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Rosalee and Lillian were photographed with President Trump.

Sadly, she died three days later on December 14.

Readers should log- on to Lillian’s recent published tribute to her mother’s life. It is a tale of love, striving, caring, providing from tragedy to success.

The Miracle of Glass is an American victory.

Condolences to Lillian and all the members of the Glass family circle.

A great woman… Rosalee (Raisla) Glass… never to be forgotten.

And God bless Marcy Oster who introduced us to a remarkable wonder woman. Heartfelt thanks on Chanukah.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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