A very special lady was invited to tea at East Ren Council last week by none other than Provost Alastair Carmichael.
Mrs Judith Rosenberg (92), is one of only two remaining survivors of the Holocaust atrocities still living in Scotland.
Provost Carmichael was joined at the tea by Paul Morron, President of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council; Stanley Lovett, Honorary Consul of Israel in Scotland and Judith’s friend, Ethne Woldman.
Provost Carmichael said: “It was a privilege to meet Judith today and to hear her talk so vividly and movingly of her experiences at Auschwitz.”
Judith had a happy childhood, growing up in in Hungary with her father, mother and sister. She went on to become an ‘uhrmacherin’, a watch repairer, a decision that would later save her life.
Judith was 21 when she and her family were transported to Auschwitz in 1944, and speaks with horror of the conditions they endured during the journey to the infamous death camp.
Stripped of all their valuables, Jews were herded onto trains packed so tightly they could barely breathe.
On arrival at Auschwitz, Judith was separated from her father whom she never saw again.
Judith, her sister and mother were moved to work in a munitions factory in Lippstadt.
Using her knowledge of repairing watches, Judith suggested, under duress, how the unreliable machines could be fixed. The Germans quickly realised the value of her skills and put her to work repairing watches for officers - a “privilege” that helped keep Judith and her family alive.
With the Allied troops advancing, Judith and some 500 other factory workers were forced on a long march from which she was eventually liberated by the Americans in the spring of 1945.
Judith moved to Glasgow after marrying a Scottish soldier, Harold Rozenberg and lived with his parents in the west end. They eventually settled in Newton Mearns and lived a happy and what Judith considers to be a blessed existence until her husband’s death in 2005.
Judith ran a successful children’s clothing store in St George’s Cross from 1949 to 1953. She now lives in sheltered accommodation in Giffnock.
On leaving East Renfrewshire headquarters complete with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, Judith said, “I’ve had a lovely afternoon. The invitation was very unexpected and has allowed me to share memories of my life with Provost Carmichael who was very kind.
“I don’t think that I am in any way special, but I greatly appreciated the Provost’s hospitality and thoroughly enjoyed the company.”