Mike Falkenstein (b. 1938)

Michael Falkenstein was born on September 2nd, 1938, in Frankfurt, Germany, as the third child of Gustav and Hedwig Falkenstein. He had two older sisters: Ruth and Ingeborg (deceased). His parents ran a textile business out of their home.

After Kristallnacht, Mike’s father smuggled the family out of Germany via the Tran-Siberian Railway, ending up in Shanghai, China. The family lived as refugees in Shanghai until the end of the war, when they were able to immigrate to America. They were sponsored by his aunt and uncle, Martha and Albert Stern. The family settled into south Portland and Mike’s father worked selling clothes door-to-door in the Vanport neighborhood.

Mike attended Shattuck and Couch Grade Schools, Lincoln High School, and Portland State University. He studied law at Lewis and Clark. Upon graduation, he worked for the Clackamas County judicial system. He served as president of the Multnomah Athletic Club and has been an active volunteer for community organizations.