Abraham perished at Bergen-Belsen on April 8, 1945 from typhus, three weeks before liberation. Before his death, he spent several days with a fever lying in the barracks. An SS guard found him with the characteristic red blotches of the contagious disease and shot Abraham. His last thought was, “Thank God.” His body was burned to ward off the typhus three hours after his death.
Esther died in the Treblinka Uprising on August 2, 1943. She was shot in the back while running to the woods at the end of the uprising. She didn’t have time to think about death before receiving a bullet to the back of the head. Her body was burned in April 1945 when the Allies got close to Treblinka.
Greta was saved by Oskar Schindler from the Krakow ghetto and worked in his factory until liberation in 1945. She never connected with the other Rosens in Europe, though she searched for three years. Eventually, she was given the opportunity to immigrate to Canada with a friend and, having given up hope that anyone else survived, took the chance. She was reunited with Rachel by chance at an international Holocaust survivor presentation in 1958 in Israel and corresponded with the girls until her death in 1973.
Elizabeth survived Dachau and was liberated in 1945. After liberation she was reunited with her sisters. She was happily married to a Jewish man, Moishe and had three children, two boys and a girl. She named them Abraham, Peter, and Esther in honor of her mother, father, and brother who all perished in the atrocities of the Holocaust. She died peacefully in her sleep on May 16, 1993, exactly 50 years after she was deported.
Rachel survived Auschwitz and Dr. Josef Mengele’s horrid experiments, and was liberated in 1945. She was soon reunited with her sisters. Rachel had lost site in one eye and lost feeling in her right foot. She became a doctor and devoted her life to abused patients. She was well honored by her actions and died on January 21, 1995.
Peter died in Auschwitz on March 24, 1945, due to the horrid experiments of Josef Mengele. After liberation his body was found in Dr. Mengele’s lab, and the surviving Rosens were able to give him a proper burial in a hastily constructed cemetery at the camp. His last thought was, “I hope my family did not see such torture.”
Sarah was safely hidden by a variety of righteous people. After the war, she was soon reunited with her sisters. When she was older she started an orphanage for Jewish children. She later set up an adoption agency. She was loved by all the children she cared for, and shared her story with many. Sarah died September 19, 1998.
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