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Woman who gave birth in Nazi death camp lived to age 95

Miriam and Bela Rosenthal were members of Sudbury's Jewish community.

Miriam and Bela Rosenthal were members of Sudbury’s

Miriam Rosenthal, who survived several Nazi death camps, died in Toronto Feb. 10 at the age of 95. Shortly after leaving Europe following World War Two, she and her husband, Bela, lived in Timmins and Sudbury.

Bela (William) Rosenthal served as rabbi, cantor and teacher for 16 years in Sudbury in the 1950s and early 1960s. He died in 2008.

In 1965, the Rosenthals moved to Toronto and opened Miriam’s Fine Judaica on Bathurst St. at Caribou Rd for 41 years.

The youngest of 14 children, Magdalena Miriam Schwarcz was born Aug. 27, 1922. Her parents had a farm outside the town of Komarno, in what was then Czechoslovakia.

The Rosenthals married in 1944. Weeks later they were separated by the Nazis. She was 22 when she gave birth to a son, Leslie, on Feb. 28, 1945. She was living in the sub-camp Kaufering I near Dachau. The camps were liberated in April by the Americans. She eventually made it back to her old home in Czechslovakia, and she was reunited with her husband who had survived living in a slave labour camp.

Rosenthal leaves three children, Leslie, Lilian and Murray; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

 

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