Collection of 22 dated letters and a few notes, written in German by Josef Rosenbaum (1877-1943) from his refuge in Amsterdam and sent to his wife Rosalie Rosenbaum-ten Brink and son Walter in New York. The collection contains two short letters written in Dutch by Josef’s host, mrs. Betje Stork-Sanders.
WALTER ROSENBAUM IN THE NETHERLANDS, 1938-1939
Joseph Rosenbaum and the author are both great-grandsons of Hannchen and Isaac ten Brink of Denekamp in The Netherlands. John’s grandmother Julia was murdered in Auschwitz, her sister Rosalie had managed to escape from Europe in October 1939. She took her teenage son Walter Rosenbaum (1922-1997). Joe is Walter’s son and only child. He grew up on the northern tip of Manhattan in New York City. [Read more…] about Walter’s forced wanderings
In March 2011 the author was contacted by George, a then 87 year old relative who knew the author’s grandparents Adolf and Julia Löwenhardt well before in 1939 he was put on one of the ‘Kindertransports’ to London. In the intervening 72 years George (born as Hans-Georg) had not been in touch with any of his Löwenhardt relatives hailing from Dortmund. For George I wrote this story about what happened to Adolf and Julia after they fled their home town in the Summer of 1936…