Rosa Stein
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Rosa Adelheid Stein (1883 - 1942)

Rosa Adelheid Stein
Born in Lublinitz, Selesia, Prussia, Germanymap
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Died at age 58 in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Polandmap
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Rosa Stein died as a result of persecution during the Holocaust.
Rosa Stein has Jewish Roots.



Rosa Stein was born in Lublinitz, Selesia, Prussia, Germany on December 13, 1883. Her parents were Siegfried Stein and Auguste Courant She was given her middle name Adelheid, after her maternal grandmother who died shortly before Rosa was born. Rosa moved with her family to Breslau, Germany in 1890. She became the housekeeper and cook for the family and excelled in baking. She kept a kosher kitchen, but was not rigourous enough for her niece Erika, who practiced her Judaism rather more seriously than the rest of the family. Although Rosa's mother was devout, she was not exacting. Rosa converted to Catholicism but practiced it discreetly and was not baptised until after the death of her mother. By that time it was not safe for Jews to remain in Germany and Rosa negotiated a move to Belguim to join a woman who was setting up a house for Carmelite Tertiaries. Unfortunately the woman was dishonest and treated Rosa as a slave, but somehow she got word to her youngest sister, Edith, who had already transferred from Cologne Carmel to the Monastery at Echt in Holland. Edith sent a woman named Barbara to rescue Rosa and they arrived at Echt Carmel on July 1, 1939. Rosa eventually obtained a residence permit and became a Carmelite Tertiary. She worked in the extern house of the monastery and acted as portress for the sisters. Following a letter by the Dutch Bishops condemning the treatment of Jews, the Nazis ordered the arrest and deportation of all Jewish born Catholics and Rosa was arrested with her sister Edith at the Carmel of Echt, on August 2 1942. After spending the first night at the camp in Amersfoort they were taken to Westerbork before being sent on a transport to Auschwitz. They arrived on 9 August and with two hundred and sixty two other prisoners they were taken straight to a white farm cottage where they were gassed with Zyklin B.


Memorial Book

Victims of the Persecution of Jews under the National Socialist Tyranny in Germany 1933 - 1945

Stein, Rosa Maria Agnes Adelheid

born on 13th December 1883 in Lublinitz (poln. Lubliniec) / - / Schlesien resident of Münster i. Westf. and Köln

Imprisonment: 02nd August 1942 - 04th August 1942, Amersfoort, camp 04th August 1942 - 07th August 1942, Westerbork, collecting detention camp

Emigration: Niederlande

Deportation: from Westerbork 07th August 1942, Auschwitz, Konzentrations-and extermination camp

Date of death: 09th August 1942 Place of death: Auschwitz, extermination camp Destiny: officially declared dead

Memorials in Echt, Holland

Memorial in Echt


Book Sources

  • Edith Stein Life in a Jewish Family: An Autobiography (Published 1986, ICS Washington)
  • Aunt Edith by her niece Suzanne Batzdorff (Published 1998, Templegate)

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Van Perczel-Stein-1 and Stein-1747 appear to represent the same person because: They were born and died on the same date . Stein is the name by which all this family were known, I have been in correspondence with Rosa Stein's niece and there are a large number of sources giving this name. I cannot find any sources for Van Percael

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