Looking for orphaned Holocaust survivor Albert Rotszpan (name change upon adoption in 1948) who went from Belgium to New York #holocaust #usa


I am attempting to reunite relatives and childhood friends with Albert Rotszpan, born on January 12, 1939 in Brussels, Belgium. His parents, Mendel Frydlob and Sura Rotszpan, died in Auschwitz-Birkenau. After the war, Albert lived in the Jewish orphanage in Wezembeek, Belgium.

In March 1948, Albert Rotszpan was adopted by (according to the memory of a childhood friend) a New York Jewish family. The last trace of Albert under his birthname is the passenger list of the ship that took him from Belgium to the United States. After that, I have no further trace. Privacy regulations prevent access to adoption records, so it is my hope that someone either recognizes the name of Albert Rotszpan or knows a way to find out more about his name after adoption and his current whereabouts (if he is still alive). Here is a Geni-profile I made for Albert's family tree: https://www.geni.com/people/Albert-Rotszpan/6000000166762666835

Thanks very much in advance,

Reinier Heinsman
The Netherlands


Hello Reinier

Not very helpful but nevertheless...

I took a look at the manifest arriving from Brussels - this was not a ship but a SABENA flight arriving in La Guardia Airport in NY.
According to this record he held a Polish passport, not a Belgian one. See attached.

There is a link in the USHM: https://www.ushmm.org/online/hsv/source_view.php?SourceId=31011 (List of children at Children's Home Wesembeck-Ophem [sic], 200 Choe de Malines / submitted by the World Jewish Congress, 1835 Broadway, (ID: 31011)). Maybe you can see if the World Jewish Congress has any records of adoptions.

Good luck on your search,
Shosh Eizenshtein, Toronto