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Horst Rosenberg Collection

Identifier: AR 25506

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the personal papers of Horst Rosenberg (1925-2010) and consists mainly of personal correspondence, official emigration papers, and restitution materials.

Most of the personal correspondence is addressed to Horst, with a few exceptions of letters from Horst to his parents Max and Rosel Rosenberg or a few letters from his parents to other relatives. The letters sent to Horst from his parents date mainly from 1939-1940 with a few undated letters, and these letters sometimes include greetings from other family members as well. There is one photocopy of a letter from Max and Rosel Rosenberg dated from September 1942, likely shortly before their deportation. The other most frequent correspondents represented in the collection include Horst Roenberg's uncles Max Levi, who lived in New York City, and Alfred Rosenberg, who lived in England. Folder 10 contains correspondence to Horst from other relatives and friends. Much of the personal correspondence has been damaged by water, making some of the letters written in ink very difficult to decipher.

The official documents related to Max and Rosel Rosenberg include photostats of letters of recommendation and correspondence reflecting their efforts to emigrate. The emigration materials for Horst Rosenberg include identification cards, official correspondence with aid organizations and government offices, and lists of belongings. The restitution materials include official correspondence, correspondence with lawyers, court decisions, legal statements, powers of attorney, and receipts of restitution payments received. There is a substantial amount of correspondence from the United Restitution Organization regarding Horst Rosenberg’s claims. Also included are three photographs, which depict Max, Rosel, and Horst Rosenberg. The negatives seem to be from photographs of Horst as a teenager. The miscellaneous folder contains a handwritten poem, a hospital slip, and a copy of the title page of a book given to Horst Rosenberg by the mayor of Höhr-Grenzhausen in 1999.


  • Creation: 1931-1999


Language of Materials

The collection is in German and English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Access Information

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the "Request" button.

Biographical Note

Horst Rosenberg was born on August 20, 1925 in Koblenz, Germany to the butcher Max Rosenberg and Rosel Rosenberg née Levi, a housekeeper. Horst fled Germany as part of a Kindertransport to England in 1939. His parents were deported in 1942 and perished in the Holocaust. Horst Rosenberg immigrated to the United States in 1947. He died in New York City in 2010.


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Horst Rosenberg (1925-2010) was born in Koblenz, Germany and emigrated to England via a Kindertransport and eventually immigrated to the United States. This collection consists mainly of his personal correspondence, emigration and immigration papers, and restitution materials. Other items include official papers on his parents, Max and Rosel Rosenberg, a few positive and negative photographs, and a handwritten poem.


The collection is arranged by document type.

Digitization Note

The collection was digitized and made accessible in its entirety.

Processing Information

Letters were unfolded and flattened. Materials were placed in acid-free archival folders. Photographs were placed in archival envelopes and negatives were put in a separate folder in a polypropylene sleeve. A few very rusty staples were removed, and papers that were badly torn were placed in Mylar sleeves. Duplicates were removed.

Guide to the Horst Rosenberg Collection 1931-1999 AR 25506
Processed by Leanora Lange
© 2013
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Description is in English.
Described, encoded, and digitized as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany.

Repository Details

Part of the Leo Baeck Institute Repository

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New York NY 10011 United States