Jacob Rosenberg

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Jacob G. Rosenberg (1922–2008) was an award-winning author and Holocaust survivor. Rosenberg's poetry and prose have been published in both Australia and overseas.


Jacob G. Rosenberg was born in 1922 in Łódź, Poland and grew up as the youngest member of a working-class family. After the Germans occupied Poland, he was confined with his parents, two sisters, and their little girls in the Łódź Ghetto until they were sent to Auschwitz. All of the members of his family – except for himself and his sister, who committed suicide a few days later – were gassed on the day of their arrival. He remained in Auschwitz for about two months and spent the rest of the war in various other concentration camps.

In May 1945, he was liberated and moved to a Displaced Persons camp in Italy where he met and married Esther Laufer, who was a survivor of eight camps. He and his wife emigrated to Australia in 1948. Their only child was born in Melbourne. His writing was awarded the 2006 New South Wales Premiers Award for non-fiction and the 2007 National Biography Award.

Jacob G. Rosenberg died in 2008 at 86 years of age in Melbourne.

Selected works[edit]

  • Snow in Spring in Yiddish (1984)
  • Wooden Clogs Shod with Snow (1988)
  • Light-Shadow-Light (1992)
  • Lives and Embers (2003)
  • East of Time (2005)
  • Sunrise West (2007)
  • The Hollow Tree (2008)

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