Henry Rosmarin, a Holocaust survivor, supporter of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation and harmonica enthusiast, died Aug. 28 at the age of 75.
Born Oct. 7, 1925 in Czeladz, Poland, Rosmarin survived several concentration camp imprisonments during World War II and was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945 while on a death march. After the war, he was reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Janet Jakubowicz. The couple married while in a displaced persons camp, and came to the United States in 1948.
He was an ardent supporter of Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, both in volunteering and working part time with the organization's research staff. Rosmarin, a member of Ner Maariv synagogue in Encino, was also visible at many Foundation fundraisers, moving audiences with his harmonica playing and his powerful story of survival. Henry's ability to play the harmonica saved his life during the Holocaust, and he inspired people with his story and musical talents for many years.
Rosmarin is survived by his wife, Janet; and sons, Marvin and Harry.
The Rosmarin family asks that donations in Henry Rosmarin's name be made to: Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, P.O. Box 3168, Los Angeles, CA 90078, (818) 777-7802; and New Horizons, 15725 Parthenia St., North Hills, CA 91343, (818) 894-9301.