After 11 years of climbing a brick wall I had last week a breakthrough.
My late father Leon/Leib ROSNER (1903-1999) >from Krakow never
never spoke about the family he lost in the Holocaust.The only thing
we knew were the names of my grandfather Chiel Jakub ROSNER (after
whom I am named) and my grandmother Ittla BORGENICHT. He had a
brother and 4 sisters whose names he never mentioned.
Someone told us that he was married before the war and had 2
daughters. 11 years ago I managed locate through Yad Vashem's
PoTs and JRI-Poland a surviving son of his brother and a surviving
son of his sister, each of whom thought that the other and my father
perished. They gave me details about my uncle and aunts but did not
remember the surname and the names of my father's first wife and
daughters. (They called her Auntie.) The only thing they knew that
she died in 1940. All my attempts since and endless digging in Yad
Vashem's advanced search lead me nowhere.
Finally I hired a private researcher in Krakow who did not find
anything. Then I reread my cousin's memoirs where he wrote that
my father lived in Podgorze which is a neighborhood of Krakow on
the other side of the Vistula River. (Schindler's factory is located
there.) This clue brought quick results. My father's marriage record
from 1930 was found there by the researcher. He married withKeile-Rachel LEIDNER. Following that I managed to find through the
USHMM records the names of my half sisters Lusia and Ida who were
born in 1931 and 1937 respectively. No PoTs for them at all. Either
the whole family was wiped out or no one, including my father, had
the "courage" to do it. I'll do it soon.
If any of this rings a bell I shall be indebted to hear about that.