My father, Samuel Rojzman, was born in Hrubieszuw, Poland on February 6, 1921 to Anszel Rojzman and Tauba Boden Rojzman. There were 5 children, including 2 sisters named Rakhel and Sheena.
In 1940, Samuel lived in Rowno, Poland until 1941 when he was sent to a labor camp in Siberia.
In 1945, my father moved to Kraków where he worked for the underground organization, Barucha. None of his immediate family survived.
After marrying my mother, Celia Landman (see also Celia Rojzman Simon), they lived in 2
DP camps. Martha was born in Eschwege by Castle, Germany, where they lived until 1949.
In 1949, my parents were on their way to Israel, but were taken off the train in Munich,
Germany when my mother gave birth to Rose. After several months, they left for Gaberze and their journey to the United States.
By 1950 Samuel and our family arrived in Rochester, New York. My father had several uncles and aunts in Rochester- Abraham, Ben, Sol, Phillip, Fanny and Sadie (Erie, PA). There was also Uncle Sam Boden, the brother of my father’s mother, living in New York City with her family.
My father worked for Xerox for 20 years. During this time, he also wrote poetry, reproduced
In several local publications, “My Hrubieszuw “ and “It Takes Courage “.
Samuel was one of the founders of the M. Anielewicz Organization, an organization named after a Warsaw Ghetto hero. It provided social, as well as charitable work in Rochester and Israel. A scholarship was created in my father’s honor. My father was also involved in the organization and funding of the JCC Holocaust Memorial.
He worked tirelessly for Israel Bonds, and the political campaigns of the Rochester Mayor Steven May and New York State Congressman Frank Horton. Many letters of commendation for his community service are included.
Samuel Rojzman died on June 2, 1975 at the age of 54. Congressman Horton presented my mother with a flag that had flown over Congress on the day of my father’s passing.
Note: My father has 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He will always be missed. May his memory be a blessing.
Biography written by Rose Rojzman Bernstein, daughter
IT TAKES COURAGE
By Samuel Rojzman
For people who must leave everything behind and venture into a new country, IT TAKES COURAGE.
What is courage? Courage is that intangible quality that "moves mountains" --the drive it takes to make of nothing a thriving business, the will to raise youngsters from heartbreak to happiness, or the nerve to start a new family when all was lost.
At this time, we are looking to the future hoping for peace in the world so that all of us may reap the joys of the seeds we have sown in the past years. It is our fervent hope that we new Americans will cooperate in helping the brand new Americans to have the faith and courage that they will need to begin their lives in this fabulous country of ours.