members of the Czernowitz-List!
My name is Charles Rosner. I participated in the meeting (reunion) in
Czernowitz a few weeks ago. And Iím now joining the List itself.
So, here is my short personal introduction.
I'm French and live near Aix-en-Provence, where I retired 3 years ago
after an international
I was born in Czernowitz in 1941 and lived there until 1945; my mother
and I were hidden as clandestine in the ghetto. We finally arrived in
France in 1948, after having spent 3 years in
I'm fluent in French, English and German; I hold an engineering degree
from one of the very big schools in France, plus an MBA from INSEAD;
and, finally, I got the French order Legion d Honneur for my lifetime
I married twice and have three grown-up children from the second bed,
as we say in French.
I'm not at all religious, I won't walk through the streets of
Czernowitz with tears in my eyes, but I believe some memory should be
kept for future generations. I visited Czernowitz in 1999, 2003 and
2004, made some research there as well as in Vienna, and then I wrote a
kind of family chronicle for my children.
As for my ancestors:
On fatherís side: my father (Simon), grandfather (Haim Schmiele)
and great-grandfather (Arie) were from Wiznitz; and one of my
grandmothers (Mina Alper-Salomon) was from nearby Berhometh.
On mother's side: my mother was born in Czernowitz; her father (Josef
David Wagner) was from Zaleszcsyki and her mother (Netti/Haje-Neche
Lackner) from Sereth; as for her grandmothers: one had the maiden name
Regina/Rachel Picker (from Sadagura; her father was Elias Picker), the
otherís one being Ettel Salzinger.
To mention also that my mother had three brothers and a sister (the son
of the latter, my cousin is the husband of Gabrielle Weissmann, living
in Berlin: Gaby also attended the meeting in Cz).
At least, one of my motherís brothers was well known in Cz in
the thirties: Edi Wagner, who created a folkloric ensemble in 1934,
trying to resist the Romanian fascist environment. Towards the end, the
ensemble had about 100 young people from all nationalities (Jews,
Germans, Ukrainians, Romanians, etc) who sang, danced and played
balalaika and guitar.
They gave a dozen performances in Cz, Bukowina and also in the old
Regat, encountered great popular success, but in August 1936, the
Siguranta arrested Edi Wagner: he was beaten and tortured to death and
finally thrown out of a second floor window at police HQs.
I also wanted to attach a picture to this mail, but do not know how to
do this (apparently attachement are not allowed): it's a picture I got
from Gabrielle twoweeks ago. It was taken in the thirties and shows
part (about 20 people) of Edi Wagner's orchestra.
[ Ed: see:
for the picture]