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Rosenstock family photograph collection

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    The collection consists of photographs depicting the Rosenstock and Eisen families in Poland and Denmark before and during World War II and as refugees in Sweden during and after the war.
    creation:  1926-1950
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Leif Rosenstock
    Collection Creator
    Leif Rosenstock
    Leif Herman Rosenstock was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1926. His father, Noah Rosenstock, was a locksmith and his mother, Frida Frajdla Eisen Rosenstock, took care of the children. Leif Rosenstock had two younger siblings: Eva Lillian, born in 1928 and John Moritz, born in 1941. The Rosenstock family included Leif’s paternal grandparents: Isak Rosenstock, born in Lund, Sweden in 1880; his wife, Fanny Polack Rosenstock, who died in 1939. Noah Rosenstock, donor’s father, had six siblings: Esther, Harry Leo, Robert Salomon, Willy, Ruth and Henny. Leif’s maternal side of the family included his grandparents: Jakub and Anna Chana Eisen and his maternal aunts and uncles: Marie Malka, Rachel, Kaja, Herman, Gershon, Max and Ohne. In 1943 Leif, seventeen-years-old at that time, worked as clerical apprentice in the offices of a factory in Copenhagen. In late September 1943, a head clerk in Leif’s office informed him of the planned deportation of Danish Jews. Leif immediately informed his parents but the family had no prepared hiding place and they remained in their apartment on Enghavevej Street in Copenhagen. On the night of October 1-2, 1943, the German police began arresting Jews, but they did not force the doors of locked apartments. The house janitor, Hansen, told the Germans that the Rosenstock family escaped prior to the “aktion”. Noah Rosenstock, donor’s father, heard the knocking but he did not open the door. The next morning Leif and his father traveled by bikes while his mother and two younger children took a taxicab, to Måløv, a small town, some 15 miles from Copenhagen. Skovgaard Jensen, a Dane active in the underground and Noah’s work friend, hid them in the attic of his house for a few days. Jørgen Andersen, college student and resistance activist, hid the Rosenstock family for another week at a different location. On October 11th, 1943 the family returned to Copenhagen, but after one night they were taken by taxicabs to a small boathouse in Kastrup, Denmark. At night of October 11th they were taken to a fishing boat, where the men were placed under the deck and women and small children stayed in a cabin. After an hour and a half the boat arrived safely in Limhamm, Sweden. The Rosenstock family were placed in a refugee center organized by the Swedish government. All of Leif’s relatives escaped Denmark and survived the war.

    Physical Details

    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    The Rosenstock family photograph collection is arranged in a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Leif Rosenstock donated the Rosenstock family photograph collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1999.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-02-24 14:09:53
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