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Ester Rosenstark Family Collection

Identifier: AR 25238

Scope and Content Note

The Ester Rosenstark Family Collection contains mostly photographs. These photographs were mostly taken in Zurich and Palestine. They cover a period from the 1880s till approximately 1942, when Ester's father died. The photos are all small black and white photographs, showing family and friends, the bulk portrays the two children Ester and Ruth.

The family is often shown with friends, in cafes or in front of Lake Zurich. Many pictures show Ester and Ruth during their childhood through adolescence. The folder also contains photos of Ester's maternal and paternal grandparents.

The documents are separated in official documents and personal papers. The official papers document the academic career of the children, the marriage, divorce and remarriage of Ester's parents and the change of name from Rozensztark to Rosenstark. The personal papers contain a drawing and an oversized picture as well as Ester Rosenstark’s overview of the family history.


  • 1880s-2005
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1942


Language of Materials

The collection is primarily in English, Hebrew and German.

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

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


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Ester Rosenstark was born in Zurich on July 30th 1930. Her sister Ruth was born two years later. Her parents lived in Switzerland, but the family originated from Poland. Her mother Gitta Rosenstark, née Rotmann, was born in 1905. Her father Nahum Rosenstark was born in 1893; he worked as a merchant and later trained to be a journalist. Ester's parents married in 1925, got divorced, and then re-married in 1929.

The family emigrated to Palestine in 1935 on a ship named Galileo Ferraris. Ester started school in Palestine. In 1939 her parents changed the name from the original 'Rozensztark' to Rosenstark and their first names from Nuchim to Nahum and Gitli to Gitta. Her father died in 1942. In 1944 Ester, her sister and their mother immigrated to the U.S. Her mother got her naturalization papers in 1950, and Ester's followed in 1955.


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The Ester Rosenstark Family Collection contains mostly photographs, which document Ester's early life in Zurich, the family's emigration to Palestine and their life there. Most photos are in a small format and in black and white. Also included are official and some personal documents, as well as a short overview of Ester Rosenstark's family members and their relations.


This collection was divided into two series. Documents are arranged topically.

Processing Information

The collection was first overviewed and then ordered in photos and documents. The photographs had to be brought in an order by time and protagonists. Descriptions were added after that.

Guide to the Papers of the Ester Rosenstark Family 1880s-2005 AR 25238
Processed by Marie-Theres Kohn
© 2012
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Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.
Edition statement
This version was derived from EsterRosenstark.xml

Revision Statements

  • July 08, 2014 : Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States