The presentation I gave explores the lives of two Jewish boys both called Leo, whose families lived in pre-war Bruchsal, in Baden, South West Germany and who both ended up living in the UK after WW2.
The Holocaust shattered Jewish family life in Germany, changing everything. The presentation describes the art of the possible in terms of the stories of their lives, and both Leos have compelling narratives.
Using as illustrations the official records and photographs that have been collected along the way, I shared information about their lives and those of their immediate families, drawing comparisons and highlighting both similarities and differences between them.
Whilst each Leo’s story is memorable, sadly, in Jewish genealogical circles, neither family’s journey is entirely unique. This blog posting contains the handout from my talk and will lead you to the kinds of sources you can find for your own family.
Here is the handout from the talk Handout for The Story of Two Leos by Jeanette R Rosenberg OBE August 2016
I am named Jeanette Rosa. How could I have been called anything other than Jeanette?
One of my Dad’s Grandmothers was called Jeanette, and one of my Mum’s Grandmothers was called Jeanette.
Somehow being named after a great grandmother from either side of the family seems well, just right.
I was always told when I was a child that, if I had been a boy, I would have been called David. To me, that’s weird, because there is nobody called David anywhere in my close family.
My Grandmother Rosa died in the Holocaust. My middle name is Rosa in honour of her. Oma Rosa has no known grave. Instead, she has a Page of Testimony at Yad Vashem.
The link below goes direct to the page of testimony about Oma Rosa which was submitted by my uncle. I remember being shocked when I first found the POT, because before seeing it, I had never seen Oma Rosa’s photo. Link to POT for Oma Rosa
This blog post was published on 3 March 2013 and is © Jeanette R. Rosenberg