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's
parents, before being arrested in 1941 by the authorities of Vichy
France. On 4th September 1942 he was deported >from Drancy to Auschwitz
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 have been asked by a German Friend, Axel HUBER, 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.
Genas, near Lyon, France