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Irma Rosenberg, 1911-1990

Birth Name: Rosenberg
First Name
: Irma
Date/Place of Birth
: 1911/Themar, Thüringen
Place/Date of Death
: May 1990, Hendon/England

After growing up and attending school in Themar, Irma left the city to seek work in other places. For example, one record tells us that she worked in Würzburg and lived at Taubenstrasse 3. Another document, dated close to the time of her emigration for England, tells us that she was in Stuttgart. Like her sister, Elly, Irma returned to Themar around the time of Kristallnacht, November-December 1938; she too submitted the statement to register the addition of “Sara” to her name in Themar on 1 December 1938.

When exactly Irma applied for papers to allow her to leave Germany is unknown. We do know that she was able to leave and went to England. On papers documenting her uncle’s (Julius Kahn) internment in Australia in 1940, Irma Rosenberg is listed as his contact person. Her address is given as Sedge Fen, Suffolk, northeast of Cambridge.

Source: Themar City Archives.

After that, we lose all confirmed trace of her.

The Traces:
The one trace we have of Irma, as with quite a few other Themarenjuden, is from the letters they submitted to government officials in late 1938/early 1939 to add either ‚Israel‘ or ‚Sara‘ to their names. In Irma’s case, she initially tried to register the addition of „Sara“ to her name by phone but was told that it had to be done in writing. Because of that, we have her signature.