November 5, 2014 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum announces a new collection currently on display in the “Hancock Bank Presents Highlights from our Permanent Collection” section on the 3rd Floor.
This exhibit tells the story of Erich and Malvine Rosengarten (née Langberg). Erich grew up in a small town in Germany, and Malvine in Austria. Both escaped to Shanghai with their families when they were only teenagers. There they met and eventually married. The exhibit outlines their lives before the war, through their experience in China and their eventual emigration to the US.
The collection was recently donated by Susan Fader (née Rosengarten), the daughter of Erich and Malvine. Incredible artifacts like her parents’ Chinese marriage certificate, pre-war objects, documents that aided the couple in their escape to Shanghai from Nazi occupied Europe, and objects from the Jewish ghetto will be on display.
“China was the only place left that accepted people with no possessions,” said Fader. After Fader’s parents arrived, the Japanese put refugees and locals together in ghettos. When the British came to the rescue and the war ended, the couple married in Shanghai so they could relocate to the United States together.
“I’ve never known of any other exhibition like this so the fact that it’s even happening and presented in a very human way is very emotional and very exciting for me,” said Fader.
The “Hancock Bank Presents Highlights from our Permanent Collection” Rosengarten artifacts will be on display on the Museum’s third floor through February 28, 2015.
About the Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.