About Shmuel Levitin
"Rabbi Shmuel Levitin, distinguished Chassidic scholar, was born in Rokiskis. In the years right before and during World War I, the 5th Lubavitcher Rebbe, Sholom Dober Schneersohn, sent Rabbi Levitin to the Caucasus to set up institutions to bring the Jews of Azerbaijan, Georgia, and area closer to traditional Judaism. He founded religious schools and Talmudic seminaries there.
After serving a prison term in Siberia for his Jewish activities, he came to the United States in 1938, where he became a teacher in the Chabad movement. He was the provost of the Central Chabad Lubavitch Yeshiva in New York from its inception in 1940 until his death at age 91 in 1974 and was a well-know mashpia, or "person of influence" or spiritual mentor in the Chabad movement.
Rokiskis SIG member Shirley Saunders writes ' ... Shmuel Levitan, known as Shmuel Rakishker .... Rabbi Itzik Shneerson, Menachem Mendel Shneerson's father-in-law, met Shmuel Levitan in Rokishok when he stayed on the third floor of Pesach Ruch's house during his visit to Rokishok in the 1930s. Shneerson brought Levitan to the United States as his personal secretary when he was able to leave Europe during World War II. Levitan's name is recorded on my aunt's Birth Record from 1898.' "