When Howard and Lottie Marcus met in 1942 in New York City, all had been taken from them.

Two of Howard’s three sisters, a niece, and his mother and father were killed in a Lithuanian concentration camp. The Nazis took Lottie’s older brother from her parents’ home in Germany and shot him, and her parents were deported to concentration camps. Her father died at Terezinstadt in Czechoslovakia, and her mother was gassed at Auschwitz in Poland. It was a bleak backdrop for their wedding day, not long after they first met.