Mark Rothenberg, Victim on Flight 93

Mark Rothenberg was a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was on flight 93, and, according to one report, was knifed as the terrorists approached the cockpit of the plane to take it over.

According to this biography, published in the Post Gazette, he was an outgoing businessman and a devoted son and father. He grew up in Brooklyn, where his father ran a glass manufacturing business, and he took over the business after college.  Later he sold the business and started a new one. He was an outgoing person who worked very hard and was attached to his family, “living on the phone” with his wife, daughters, and mother.

A scholarship in his memory is being given to children of 9/11 victims by his alma mater, the Franklin and Marshall College.

I can’t help but reflect that his story is so typically Jewish. He was a successful businessman with strong family ties, both to his parents and to his children. We will never know the real story about what happened on the flight, as the details are sketchy, but I can’t help thinking that with his recognizably Jewish name, and his outgoing personality, that it wasn’t a coincidence that he was one of the first victims on the plane.

His memory should be a blessing, both to his family and to us all.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Risa
    Sep 10, 2009 @ 06:09:32

    Hi WBM!
    I joined up at your suggestion and here is the result of my efforts:
    http://isramom.blogspot.com/2009/09/ronald-john-hemenway.html

  2. wednesday
    Sep 10, 2009 @ 19:15:14

    “We will never know the real story about what happened on the flight, as the details are sketchy, but I can’t help thinking that with his recognizably Jewish name, and his outgoing personality, that it wasn’t a coincidence that he was one of the first victims on the plane.” – ok, i think you went little too far in your thoughts. The truth is that we’ll never know what happened on tha flight. Let’s stop there.

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  4. Baila
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 19:45:23

    Thank you for directing me to this project.

  5. Cathy
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 16:31:59

    Thank you for taking the time to remember Mark Rothenberg. Although, you speculate about him being singled out… I tend to think you are right.

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