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1970 - 1999

Frances Rosenblum Hirshfeld


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Name in US
Frances (Franceska) Rosenblum Hirshfeld (Hirszfeld)
Name at Birth
Franciszka Miriam Rosenblum
Yiddish Name
Freyda (Frajda) Miriam Rosenblum
Married Name
Frances Rosenblum Hirszfeld (later changed to Hirshfeld)
Date of Birth - Note
July 26, 1918
Country of Birth
City of Birth
Sibling(s) Name(s)

Masha Lea Rosenblum (older)

Spouse(s) Name(s)

Julian J. Hirshfeld
Married September 21, 1946, Brussels, Belgium.
January 20, 1907 (Łódź, Poland) – February 2, 1981

Religious Identity (Prewar)
Orthodox Jewish
Religious Identity (Postwar)
Reform Jewish
Ghetto(s) / Year(s)

Zawiercie Ghetto (1940-1943)

Camp(s) / Year(s)

Auschwitz (August 27, 1943-January 1945)
Tattoo No. 56362

Prisoner No. 100397

Malchow (February 1945)
Sub-camp of Ravensbrück

Leipzig (March 1945)

Hiding or Living under False Identity (Location/Year)
Assumed the name Maria for three weeks while hiding in plain sight in a small town near Leipzig
Forced (Death) Marches


Liberated By / Date
Year / City / Ship to US
October 14, 1946 / New York City / SS Drottningholm
Date Moved to Alabama
Alabama City of Residence
Decatur, AL
Date of Death
June 1, 1999
City of Death
Gastonia, NC
City of Burial / Cemetery
Gastonia, NC / Gaston Memorial Park
Dates Lived in Alabama