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Rosenberg Family Collection

Identifier: AR 26009

Scope and Contents

The collection is arranged into two series in one box. Series I relates to the collection’s two main subjects, Hans and Ernestine née Rosner Rosenberg, and their immediate family members. The series documents the Rosenbergs’ lives in Vienna and in the United States, and also the lives of immediate relatives in Vienna and in the United States. Series II focuses on the Rosenbergs’ associates, friends, and extended relatives in Vienna and the United States.


  • 1874-2008
  • 1930-1965


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German, with some Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact: Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011 email:

Biographical Note

Hans Rosenberg was born in Vienna in 1908 to Heinrich and Paula née Gewitsch Rosenberg and trained as a physician at the University of Vienna, from which he graduated in 1937. Ernestine née Rosner Rosenberg was born in Radautz, Bukovina (Radauti, Romania) in 1912; raised in Vienna; graduated from the University of Vienna with a medical degree in 1938; and married Hans Rosenberg in 1938. They fled Austria that same year for Great Britain and then came to the United States in 1939. They lived in New York City; Lexington, Kentucky; and New London, Connecticut; and sometimes lived apart from each other. Hans specialized in speech and voice pathology, while Ernestine was a cancer researcher. In 1943, Hans and Ernestine moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where they established medical practices and raised three children: Sandra née Rosenberg Shapiro Shmookler (1943-2010), Barbara née Rosenberg Loss (born 1946), and Henry Rosenberg (born 1951).


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This collection documents the personal and professional lives of Hans Rosenberg (1908-1982) and his wife Ernestine née Rosner Rosenberg (1912-1962), from their childhoods and early medical careers in Vienna to their final years in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The collection also includes items from associates and friends, along with extended and immediate relatives, most notably Hans Rosenberg’s sister Madeleine née Rosenberg Buchsbaum (1911-2014).


The collection is arranged in two series:

  • Series I: Hans and Ernestine Rosenberg; Immediate Family 1908-2006
  • Series II: Associates, Friends, and Extended Relatives of Hans and Ernestine Rosenberg 1874-2008

Processing Information

This collection has been processed for the first and so far, only time; there are no previous inventories or finding aids describing the collection. The materials arrived in two boxes, with almost each individual item placed in a single envelope. Every envelope had descriptive information about each item’s contents; much of that descriptive information is retained in the finding aid. The materials have been rearranged into two series, and items are placed together according to their relationship to Hans and Ernestine Rosenberg.

Guide to the Papers of the Rosenberg Family
Processed by Matthew Hauptman
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States