Rose Zemelman

Of Blessed Memory 1922 – 2001

Rose Weiss was born in 1922 in Sosnowiec, Poland, the youngest of three daughters born to Israel and Esther Weiss. One day, after the German occupation of Poland, Rose remembers her mother telling her to leave quickly through a window. As Rose climbed out of the window she was captured from behind by a Nazi and deported to a series of labor camps. She was eventually sent to Bergen-Belsen where she was liberated in April 1945. She and her only surviving relative, her sister Ida, immigrated to the United States in 1949 where she later met and married her husband, Leo Zemelman.

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