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Group portrait of members of the family of David Lorber Rolnik.

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    Group portrait of members of the family of David Lorber Rolnik.

    Pictured left to right are Dwjra (sister), Rajzla (mother), David, and Ester Oksman (sister in law). Pictured in front are the children Jakob Israel and Manys.
    Circa 1935
    Chelm, [Lublin] Poland
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    Photo Credit
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Blima R. Lorber

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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Copyright: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    Provenance: Blima R. Lorber

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    Bluma Lorber is the daughter of David Lorber Rolnik and Malka Milchtajch Lorber Rolnik. Malka was born in Chelm, Poland on May 16, 1922 to Bluma and Berish Milchtajch. Her parents were very religious, and Malka was the youngest of eight children. Malka was a writer and poetess, and her earliest poems were published when she was still a young child. After the start of World War II, Malka fled to Eastern Poland together with several siblings. She soon as deported to Siberia and spent the war in slave labor. After returning to Poland she discovered that both her parents, as well as two siblings, Henna and Iossel, had perished in the Holocaust. She then moved to Berlin where she met and married a childhood friend, David Lorber Rolnik. Her brothers Leon and Jacob survived.

    David Lorber was born in Chelm, Poland on March 4, 1920 to Szyja Rolnik and Rajzla Lorber. He had two sister Debora (b. 3/20/1925), and Chana (b. 12/25/1923) and three brothers Abraham (b. 1918), Jacob (b. 1/5/1927) and Manys (b. 3/18/1929). After the start of World War II, David also fled and hid in forests and small towns. He once returned to Chelm to try to rescue his mother and, sisters and two younger brothers. Sadly when they arrived at the Bug River, they could not get on the boat. He hoped they could cross the following day, but they returned to Chelm and never were seen again. David was then was sent to a Soviet labor camp where he worked cutting labor. After the war he returned to Chelm to look for family. He could not find members of his own family he learned that Malka had survived and had gone to Berlin. He went to Tempelholf to find her and they married on December 4, 1947.
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