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Oral history interview with Zelman Rosenberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 2019.369.1 | RG Number: RG-90.098.0001

Zelman Rosenberg, born in 1919 in Edinet, Moldova, discusses his siblings and parents; his family’s successful soap factory in Edinet, which they closed down in 1940 after the Russians occupied Bessarabia; his family’s move in June 1940 to Chernowitz (now Chernivtsi, Ukraine), where they continued to make soap; his family’s imprisonment; his family’s agreement to teach the court’s president and the colonel's wife how to make soap out of sunflower oil, which saved his family from being sent to Transnistria; nearly being drafted into the Russian Army but avoiding it; being sent to do forced labor in a mine and building highways and bunkers with the stone; his family being forced to make soap in Chernowitz; being liberated from Doaga, Romania; going with his family to Bucharest, Romania; getting married to Jeana Paves; moving to Israel in 1950 for six months before immigrating to Bogota, Colombia, where his parents and siblings had already moved; and the Rosenberg brothers rebuilding their soap factory.

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Zelman Rosenberg
Mr. Jack Borenstein
interview:  2004 December 05
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jack Borenstein
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:54:41
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