10/07/2015 Archival Research

A Moving Collection of Letters and Memorabilia

Today, Michael Rosenberg handed over his mother's original personal documents to the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial.

He had just turned seven when he was forced to witness his mother and his stepfather Karl Posner being taken away from Moorweide in November, 1941. His mother Irmgard Posner, born Ditze, was Jewish and therefore persecuted in the time of National Socialism. In 1941 she and her husband were deported from Moorweide to Minsk over the Hannoverscher Bahnhof. She was murdered in 1942.

Michael Rosenberg, who survived the war due to the Kinderlandverschickung (the evacuation of children to the country side) because he looked Aryan, received a suitcase from his grandmother at the end of the war before she emigrated to South Africa herself. The suitcase contained the letters his mother wrote at the time of her deportation to Minsk, the letters written by his paternal grandmother, a letter written in 1946 by his biological father who was not Jewish as well as his own letters which he wrote as a child to his family and various family photos.

After a long decision making period, Michael Rosenberg decided to part with the suitcase and give this collection of documents over to the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial in the presence of ca. 50 relatives and friends.

Dr. Detlef Garbe, the director of the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial declared: „A moving collection of letters and memorabilia came to the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial. We are delighted to add these rare and touching testimonies of time to our archive.“