German SIG #Germany Search: Rosa SMILOWSKI #germany


Alexander Watson <a.watson.genas@...>
 

Dear All,

I am searching for information about Rosa SMILOWSKI

Rosa SMILOWSKI: born on 12/04/1913 in Birkenhead in England, after the
First World War the family lived in Berlin, Rosa was sent to a school
in the present-day Czech Republic. In 1934 the SMILOWSKIS fled to
Villeneuve-sur-Lot, France, where Rose met Werner MELCHIKER, born in
Berlin in 1910, a fellow refugee >from Nazi persecution.

Rosa and Werner got engaged and moved to England in 1937. In August
1938 Werner MELCHIKER came back to France alone, where he joined the
Foreign Legion in November. After the defeat of the French army in
1940, Werner went back to live in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, with Rosa=E2=80=99s
parents, before being arrested in 1941 by the authorities of Vichy
France. On 4th September 1942 he was deported >from Drancy to Auschwitz
and murdered.

Since Rose was born in England, she was automatically a British
citizen. It is clear that she lived in England until at least 1948, as
she can be found in the electoral rolls. After this date she
disappears. There are rumours she later lived in the Strasbourg area
and I believe that there might descendants in New York.

I do appreciate that this might be a sensitive subject for members of
Rosa's family. I am trying to document the French part of
Werner MELCHIKER's short existence for the descendants of his brother
who did not share his fate. We wish, if possible to, give some sort of
history, or continuity to the people contained in the rare photos that
Werner's family has of his life.

Regards, Alexander Watson, Genas, near Lyon, France a.watson.genas@gmail.com

Searching: WACHENHEIMER, SMILOWSKI and MELCHIKER >from Villeneuve-sur-Lot

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