Birth Date:June 7th 1933 or 1932
Father’s Name: SALOMON SZLOMO ROSNER
Mother’s Name: Unknown
WHAT ADAM REMEMBERED
“My name was Adam Adolf Rosner.
I was born on June 7th 1933.
My father’s name was Szlomo Rosner and he was a tailor.
We lived in ul. Lokieta 10, apartment 15, in Lviv.
My mother had died before the war broke out.
I had a younger brother named Poldek.
I was at a summer camp when the war broke out.
I never saw my family again.
During the war I was in the USSR.
After the war I went to a Catholic school near Poznan in Poland.
From there I came to Lodz where I joined a children’s home run by the Koordinacja.
With them I later traveled through Europe.
I arrived in Israel in 1947 or 1949”.
For any child who stayed in a children’s home run by the Koordinacja , the archives at Beth Lochamei Haghettaot in Israel is a must for any research. Luckily the archives have put much of their information online. In this case, Adam Rosner, under the name Adolf Rosner, has an additional photo of himself, taken in the end of 1946 at their archives. The director of the archive Mr. Yossi Shavit has given us permission to add this second photo to Adam’s profile.
To search those archives yourself, use this URL
RESEARCH JOURNAL AUGUST 2005
INDEX OF THE REPRESSED
The KARTA insitution in Warszawa http://www.karta.org.pl has published a book with the names of 5822 persons arrested in Lwow and Drohobycz area arrested by the Soviet authorities during their occupation from 1939 – 1941.
Among the names in this book we find two persons who may or may not be related to Adam Adolf :
ROZNER Karol , son of Henryk, born 1900
ROZNER Samuel, son of Ferdynand, born 1894
They were both arrested on June 27th 1940.
RESEARCH JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 2005
ADAM’S BIRTH DATE
Adam remembered his birth date as June 7th 1933.
When he joined the children’s home in Lodz in 1946, the Koordinacja movement filled out a card for him, adding his photo. On this card, now at the Beth Halochamei Haghettaot archives in Israel, it says Adolf Rosner was born June 7th 1932 in Lviv.
According to Miriam Weiner’s book Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova, the birth registers for Lviv for the years 1932 – 1933 do not exist!
In the archives in Lviv (July 2005: these archives are now closed, because of theft) there is a census list for Lviv for the year 1936 which may hopefully include the members of the Rosner family and their birth dates.
THE FATHER SALOMON SZLOMO ROSNER.
Adam told us his father was Szlomo Rosner and that he was a tailor.
In the business directory for Lviv for the year 1929 Salomon Rosner is not listed, but in an address list with an estimated 50000 citizens of Lviv for the year 1935 we find:
Salomon Rosner, tailor, ul, Lokieta 10
On JRI-Poland we cannot find Salomon Rosner so he was probably born after 1897.
According to Adam’s age, we assume his father was born between 1900 and 1910. This is also problematic if Adam wants to locate his father’s birth certificate, as only the birth registers for the years 1903, 1905 – 1907, 1909 still exist.
Adam does not remember the name of his mother.
Fortunately the marriage registers for Lviv cover the years 1898 – 1939, so there is at least a possibility to search for his parents’ marriage. The years 1924 – 1929 has an Alpha Index that would facilitate such a search, though the parents may have married in 1930 – 1932, as Adam was born in 1932 or 1933.
The death registers for Lviv cover the years 1896 – 1939. Did his mother die before 1939?
There is also a list of burials for the years 1941 – 1942. If his mother died in the period January 1941 till June 1941, then her name may be there. These burials are being indexed by JewishGen, but there is a copy at Yad Vashem too. The burials for the period we are interested in, are all in Cyrillic letters.
HIS YOUNGER BROTHER POLDEK ( LEOPOLD?) ROSNER
His brother Poldek could have been born between 1935 till 1940 and his official name was probably Leopold Rosner. It would be a real achievement if we found his name in any official documents from the prewar period or from the time of World War Two.
GERMAN OCCUPATION IN SEPTEMBER 1939
In September 1939 the German Army attacked Poland and also conquered Lviv, but already in the end of September the Germans withdrew to the river San as part of the Molotov – Ribbentrop agreement. At that time Adam was six or seven years old.
SOVIET RULE FROM SEPTEMBER 1939 TILL THE END OF JUNE 1941
From the information from the Koordinacja card, we understand that Adam and his family lived in Lviv during the Soviet rule.
SECOND GERMAN OCCUPATION IN JUNE 1941
Adam remembered he was away from home on a summer camp when the war broke out. He was then eight or nine years old.
The summer camp was a sanatorium mentioned in the Koordinacja card located at Beth Lochamei Haghettaot.http://www.gfh.org.il
Adam remembers vaguely climbing on a sewing machine that fell over his leg and wounded him. This was probably the reason he was sent to the sanatorium.
The Koordinacja card says that Adam stayed at a Sanatorium in Zaleshchiki ( 45 km NNW of Chernovtsy in present day Ukraine) when the war broke out and that all the children in the sanatorium were evacuated to Sibir to Ostishim ( spelling and location?) in the Amskar oblast.
Adam says he had a note pinned to his clothes giving his identification. He remembers keeping this note till the end of the war!
LIFE IN THE USSR FROM SUMMER OF 1941 TILL SPRING OF 1946
Were the children from the sanatorium kept together in a Polish orphanage in Sibir?
Did they stay together in the same place till the spring of 1946, or were they moved south to f.ex. Uzbekistan? We don’t know.
Adam remembers that they were in Berdyansk, Ukraine (227 km south of Dnepropetrovsk) at the shore of the Azow Sea.THE REPATRIATION FROM THE USSR TO POLAND IN 1946
In the spring of 1946 Polish citizens in the USSR were allowed to go to Poland – a Poland whose borders had changed since 1939.
Lviv was no longer in Poland.
Adam Rosner, now thirteen or fourteen years old, returned to Poland with a Polish orphanage.
Will any information about him be found in the KARTA archives in Warszawa?
THE MONASTRY SCHOOL IN PUSZCYKOWO NEAR POZNAN IN 1946
After his return to Poland, a Polish woman “adopted” him and sent him to a Catholic boarding school in Puszcykowo near Poznan. Adam remembers that all the teachers were monks and there was a priest named Father Jan. Father Jan knew that Adam was Jewish. Adam thinks that he got the name Adolf during this period, because according to his memory he was called Adam at home in Lviv. Perhaps he had two official names from Lviv – Adolf Adam?
The Polish woman kept in touch with him while he was at the boarding school and even sent him for three months to the health resort Zakopane.KOORDINACJA, POLAND 1946
Adam seems to have studied at the Catholic boarding school from the spring of 1946 till November 1946. On November 21st1946 he was registered at the Zionist children’s home of Koordinacja.
“I lived in the home in ul. Narutowice in Lodz”, says Adam.
FROM POLAND TO LE CHOUX IN FRANCE
“From Poland we went to France and there I stayed at Le Choux. I joined a Hashomer Hatzair group”, tells Adam.
FROM LE COUX IN FRANCE TO ERETZ ISRAEL
Adam traveled by ship from Marseilles to Haifa.
It is still not clear on which ship he travelled and when exactly he arrived in Haifa.