Alex Levin z”l

“In my stories I always must survive, and you can see I’m still alive. I’m often asked do I believe in the Almighty? My answer is ‘I was saved in a forest, judge for yourself! ”

Alex Levin z”l was born July 21, 1932 in Rokitno, Poland. In September 1939, the Red Army entered the town and it became part of the Soviet Ukraine. In 1942 when the Rokitno ghetto was being liquidated, Alex and his brother fled to the Polesie woods. They were in hiding for a year and a half until liberation by the Red Army in January 1944. For the next year Alex accompanied the Red Army troops across Poland and into Germany helping soldiers as needed. In 1945 he enrolled in cadet school in Moscow. He graduated from the Leningrad Higher first artillery command school as a military engineer and was discharged with the rank of captain. In 1974 Alex immigrated to Toronto, followed by his wife and daughter in 1980. In 2009 Alex published his autobiography Under the Yellow & Red Stars. Alex died in 2016 at age 83. He is survived by his wife Marina, daughter and two grandchildren.