Sigmund Strochlitz was born in Bedzin, Poland, in 1916, and went to a Hebrew high school before entering Jagiellonian University, where his studies were interrupted by World War II. In 1939, he escaped to the Soviet zone of occupied Poland, but missed his family and returned to Bedzin.
In August 1943, as Poland’s ghettoes were being emptied, his family was deported to Birkenau, one of three camps at Auschwitz and the one where human extermination was done. His parents, sisters and wife were killed on arrival. He was deported to Birkenau at a later date and survived 15 months there.
As the war neared its end, he was transferred through a series of other camps. He ended up at the Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany, which was liberated by the British in April 1945.
After the war, he stayed for approximately 2 years in Bergen-Belsen, which the British had made into a camp for displaced persons. He married Rose Grinberg there. Rose had survived the Crakow ghetto, Plaszow, Birkenau and Bergen Belsen. They emigrated to the USA in 1951 with daughter, Romana, and lived the rest of their lives there.
They are survived by two sons, Jaime Strochlitz-Wurzel of Newton, Mass., and Rafael Strochlitz-Wurzel of New Britain, Conn.; two daughters, Halina Kirshenbaum of Tel Aviv, and Romana Strochlitz Primus of Waterford, Conn.; 14 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
His work for Jewish causes included the presidency of the friends of Haifa University.