Sarah Rozenberg-Warm
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Sarah Rozenberg-Warm fonds

Fonds / Archival Collection
IdentifierRA072
Extent & Medium8 artefacts
41 photographs : prints
29 textual records
Date1946–[199-?]
Administrative/Biographical HistorySarah (Sara, Steffi) Rozenberg-Warm (Rosenberg, Varm, Vorm) was born on April 23, 1923 in Warsaw, Poland to Jakob Warm (b. 1895, d. 1942 or 1943) and Rose (Rosa, Rasha) Warm (née Redlich; b. 1895, d. 1942). Sarah had a brother, Yisrael Moshe (Mishe) Warm (d. 1942 or 1943). Sarah grew up in an Orthodox home, and her parents were salespeople who ran a government lottery store in Warsaw.

After the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, Sarah and her family lived in a crowded basement before being moved into the Warsaw ghetto. In the ghetto Sarah worked in a factory and her family shared an apartment with many other people. Around the end of 1942 and the beginning of 1943, Sarah’s mother, then her father and brother, were transported to and murdered in Treblinka.

Sarah witnessed the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943, after which she was deported to Lublin. Sarah was forced to march to Majdanek where she cleaned barracks and worked in the fields. She was then reassigned to the Hugo Schneider Aktiengesellschaft Metakkwarenfabrik, or HASAG, a German ammunitions factory, in Skarżysko-Kamienna, Poland. Sarah was transferred to a different factory in 1944 before being liberated by the Red Army in January 1945.

Following liberation, Sarah lived briefly in Bielawa, Poland, where she met and married her husband, Abraham (Al, Alex) Rozenberg. Abraham was born in Lublin, Poland on January 28, 1921 to parents Leyb Rozenberg (d. 1942) and Maria Rozenberg (née Dorfgeier; d. 1942); less is known about his experience during the Holocaust.

Sarah and Abraham moved to the Bad Reichenhall Displaced Persons (DP) camp in Bad Reichenhall, Germany. They lived in the DP camp until September 1948, after which they moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. While living in the Netherlands Sarah gave birth to their first child.

Abraham immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta in 1950, shortly after their first child was born in Amsterdam. Sarah and their son followed in 1951; they first landed in Quebec City, and then moved to Edmonton where they lived for 40 years and had three more children. In 1993 Abraham and Sarah moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. Sarah passed away in Vancouver on March 4, 2005, and Abraham passed away on September 26, 2006.
Scope & ContentFonds consists of records and artefacts pertaining to Sarah Rozenberg-Warm and her family created during and after the end of the Second World War. Fonds includes artefacts from the HASAG ammunitions factory, a Machzor, commemorative pins, photographs depicting Sarah and Abraham Rozenberg and their children, and textual records from their time living in the DP camp and the Netherlands.

Fonds is arranged in the following three series: —Artefacts (1944–[198-]) —Photographs (Apr. 1946–[199-?]) —Documents ([1948]–1983).
Archival HistorySome item-level descriptions were supplied and enhanced from FileMaker Pro catalogue records created by the VHEC in 1995 or 1996.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or TransferItems in fonds were donated to the VHCS by Sarah Rozenberg-Warm in 1995, by Rome Fox in 2017 and by Rome (née Rozenberg) Fox, Mark Rozenberg, Annette (née Rozenberg) Small and Arie E. Rozenberg in 2018.
AccrualsAccessions 1996.005, 2017.063, 2018.035. No further accruals are expected.
LanguagePolish, English, German, Dutch, Hebrew, Yiddish, French
NoteDescription supported in part with funding from Library & Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program.
System of ArrangementArrangement provided by the archivist.
RightsRights to some materials in fonds transferred to the VHEC in deed of gift signed by Rome Fox, Mark Rozenberg, Annette Small and Arie E. Rozenberg in 2018.
Rules or ConventionsArchival items described using RAD and ISAD(G). Museum items described according to CDWA.
Archivist's NoteArranged and described by Chase Nelson and Caitlin Donaldson in 2022.
Date of Description2022

Collection Contents

Fonds consists of records and artefacts pertaining to Sarah Rozenberg-Warm and her family created during and after the end of the Second World War. Fonds includes artefacts from the HASAG ammunitions factory, a Machzor, commemorative pins, photographs depicting Sarah and Abraham Rozenberg and their children, and textual records from their time living in the DP camp and the Netherlands.

Fonds is arranged in the following three series: —Artefacts (1944–[198-]) —Photographs (Apr. 1946–[199-?]) —Documents ([1948]–1983).