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Rolnik family photograph collection

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    The collection documents the pre-war and post war lives of the Lorber Rolnik and Rolnik families of Poland. The collection includes pre-war family photographs in Włodawa and Chełm, Poland; post-war family photographs in the Tempelhof displaced persons camp, Brazil, and Israel; and theatre productions featuring Pinchas Rolnik in Włodawa and the Tempelhof displaced persons camp.
    inclusive:  1918-1988
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Blima Lorber.
    Collection Creator
    Rolnik family
    David Lorber Rolnik (1920-2008) was born on 4 March 1920 in Chełm, Poland to Szyja Rolnik (1890-1974?) and Rajzla Lorber (1910-1941). He had two sisters, Dvora (1924-1941) and Chana (1923-1941), and three brothers, Abraham (1918-2006?), Jacob Israel (1927-1941), and Manis (1929-1941). Szyja had at least two brothers, Pinchas and Joseph. After the German invasion of Poland in 1939, David fled to nearby forests to hide. He went to the Ural Mountains where he was sent to a Soviet labor camp. After the war, he returned to Chełm to try and locate any family members, but was not able to. He reconnected with an old friend, Malka Milchtajch, and they married in 1946 at the Tempelhof displaced persons camp, Berlin, Germany. Soon after, they immigrated to Bolivia and then to Brazil.

    David’s mother and four of his siblings were killed at the Sobibór extermination camp in 1941. His father, Szyja, went to Vilnius, Poland (present-day Vilnius, Lithuania) and survived the war. He later immigrated to Israel. David would not discover that his father survived the war until the late 1950s. His brother Abraham also survived the war, and immigrated to the United States. Syzja’s brother, Pinchas, survived the war, but his wife Khaia and his son Abraham both perished. He went to the Tempelhof displaced persons camp, and later immigrated to Israel with his second wife, Sonia.

    Malka Lorber Rolnik (née Milchtajch, 1922-1987) was born on 16 May 1922 in Chełm to Bluma (b. 1877) and Berish Milchtajch (b. 1879). She had seven siblings whose names include Henia (b. 1904), Jakov, Josef (b. 1902), Mindl. Malka was a writer and poet whose poems were published while she was still a child. After the start of World War II, Malka and several siblings fled Chełm for Russia. She was then deported to Siberia where she was a forced-laborer for the duration of the war. After the war, she returned to Chełm where she learned that her parents and two siblings, Henia and Josef perished in 1942 or 1943.

    Physical Details

    Yiddish Polish
    19 folders
    System of Arrangement
    The collection is arranged as one 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

    Donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by Blima Lorber.
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    2023-02-24 14:29:28
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