Meier Leib Rosenberg’s tombstone

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  • Photo taken in:
    Bacau
    Year when photo was taken:
    2000
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania
    Country name today:
    Romania

This is the tomb stone of my paternal grandfather, Meier Leib Rosenberg, in the Jewish cemetery in Bacau.

He was born in 1861, in the countryside, I think in Bacau county. He was well off, and later in his life moved to Bacau, where he owned a small family-run restaurant. They didn’t live in the Jewish neighbourhood, but on a very nice street inhabited by Romanian gentry, in the center of the town. They had an ordinary house, simple, like all normal houses back then. They got along very well with their neighbors. 

My paternal grandfather was more of an austere man, but people thought highly of him and treated him with respect. He was very religious. He chaired the community for many years! Not observing the holidays, the tradition was out of the question, inconceivable! He didn't visit us too often. When he did, he wouldn't even accept a glass of water from my father, because it wasn't kosher. And my mother would argue 'But, father…' 'No way,' he would reply, 'because you never know…' - 'Father, but I don't…' - 'No, no and no! Let it be, I know better!' 

My grandfather commited suicide the day the war was declared, in 1941, that very Sunday! He was 80. He hanged himself because of the war. He had many grandchildren and knew what misfortunes were waiting for us. There, in Bacau, we had had troubles with the Legionaries even before the war; now that the war had started, things were going to get worse.

Interview details

Interviewee: Estera Sava
Interviewer:
Adriana Gheorghe
Month of interview:
December
Year of interview:
2004
Bucharest, Romania

KEY PERSON

Meier Leib Rosenberg
Year of birth:
1861
City of birth:
Bacau county
Country name at time of birth:
Romania
Year of death:
1941
City of death:
Bacau
Country of death:
Romania
Died:
before WW II
Occupation
before WW II:
Land and restaurant owner

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