Alfred and Susanne Batzdorff

Alfred and Susanne Batzdorff of Santa Rosa, both 92, met as teenagers in Breslau, Germany. They emigrated separately to the U.S. during the Holocaust and then reunited and married on March 12, 1944, 70 years ago, in New York. There they started a family, which grew to include three sons, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

After retiring from their professional lives as a librarian (Susanne) and an engineer (Alfred), they moved to Santa Rosa from Pennsylvania in 1982 and became leaders in the Jewish community. Congregation Beth Ami is their home away from home. Celebration will be in May.