Rosenbush continues to advance Holocaust awareness

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Six million Jewish people died during World War II in one group’s attempt to cleanse itself of a race of people thought to be inferior. This cleansing became one of the single worst events in the history of the human race. Simply put… The Holocaust.

Bert J. Rosenbush Jr., of Demopolis, is the last Jewish person in the City of Demopolis, but this hasn’t stopped him from making people aware of the millions of deaths that came from those German Concentration Camps. April 18 of every year is considered Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day or simply known as Yom HaShoah.

Shoah is Hebrew for destruction, which is another word for the Holocaust. In the Demopolis Public Library, there is a window in the front of the building that has three panels of photos and maps of the camps and the numbers of victims from the surrounding countries. In the middle is a yellow Star of David (The Jews were made to wear this symbol during WWII) and a single red rose in a vase.

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With the help of his wife, Mary Louise, and Kathy Patterson, he was able to build this display to help honor the memory of his fallen people.

“I’ve been doing this for years, but this is the first time I’ve gotten the media involved,” Rosebush said.

When asked why he wanted to build this display, he said he wanted to make sure that the people didn’t forget that these horrible deaths happened. He said his grandfather came from Germany and was glad that he came to America when he did because he would have ended up in one of the camps.

He said that he was a charter member of the National Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

“I haven’t gone to the museum yet, but I planning on going next month,” Rosenbush said.

In Israel, a siren sounds during the morning stopping all activities and people stand in honor of those who died. Many Jewish people light six candles during this day of remembrance to honor the six million Holocaust victims.