Franz Rosenbach died

The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site mourns the passing of the survivor and vice-chairman of the Bavarian State Association of German Sinti and Roma, Franz Rosenbach, who died on October 7 at the age of 85.

Born in Horaditz (Sudetenland), Franz Rosenbach was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau at the age of 15 with his extended family. There the SS murdered his parents, an older sister, and numerous other relatives. Franz Rosenbach was moved from Auschwitz to the Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora concentration camps. In appalling conditions he had to work on the construction of the tunnel system in Mittelbau-Dora. In April 1945, together with other prisoners, Franz Rosenbach was forced on a death march in the direction of Hamburg-Neuengamme, where he finally escaped.

Franz Rosenbach first began to speak in Bavarian schools about his experiences as a concentration camp prisoner 25 years ago. Since then he took part in and moderated numerous discussion rounds with contemporary witnesses, including at the Dachau Memorial Site. His account of his persecution and camp imprisonment were published in 2005 under the title Der Tod war mein ständiger Begleiter.

Franz Rosenbach was a co-founder of the Bavarian State Association and Honorary Chairman of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma. Franz Rosenbach was honored with numerous awards for his committed involvement in civic life as a contemporary witness, including the Order of Merit, awarded to him by Federal President Joachim Gauck this year.

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