Actress Rita Karin was born and raised in Poland. Both of her parents were killed during the Holocaust. At that time she was studying in the Moscow State Jewish theater. In 1945, she moved to Germany where she narrated a documentary about American troops freeing concentration camp prisoners, The Mills of Death for the U.S. Information Agency. Following the war, Karin and her spouse Norbert Horowitz founded a traveling Yiddish theater group for those surviving the Holocaust. In 1949, Karin moved to New York and became a well-respected member of the Yiddish theater community. She also worked on- and off-Broadway, in television, and in a few films from the early '70s though the early '90s.