Simcha (Kazyk) Rotem, one of the last fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, passed away today at the age of 94 - a hero and inspiration to us all.
Of blessed memory.
Rotem, born in 1924, a member of the Jewish Fighting Organization (IL), was the liaison between the bunkers in the ghetto.
At the end of the uprising, he ordered the rescue of fighters from the burning ghetto through the sewers. Rotem escaped from the ghetto, "but the main problem was how to get back to the ghetto" - a return that made it possible to save those who survived.
Rotem immigrated to Israel in 1946, started a family and told the story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
In 1962, he was appointed CEO of the Jerusalem Co-op chain, and served in that position until 1986.
On the 70th anniversary of the uprising, in 2013, he received a letter of appreciation from the President of Poland.