born 27 January 1891 in Birnbaum (Polish: Międzychód)
died 1943 (?) in Auschwitz-Birkenau
Historical former address Mühlenstraße 4
Stumbling stone Mühlenstraße 4
Date of stone-laying 3 December 2019
Rosa Hoffmann was born into a Jewish family in Birnbaum (Polish: Międzychód) on 27 January 1891. Until her marriage in 1912, she lived with her widowed father Selig Hoffmann in Berlin. On 24 July 1912, Rosa married Eugen Brandt, who, like herself, came from Birnbaum. The young family first lived in Rathenow in Havelland, where their first two children, Rudolph and Gerda, were born in 1913 and 1914. In 1920, Rosa and Eugen moved to Fürstenwalde. In their house at Mühlenstraße 4 they ran a shop for “haberdashery, drapery, trimmings, woollen and fashion goods”. Their youngest son Werner was born there in 1923.
The family was separated by the imprisonment of Eugen during the November pogroms in 1938. The older children managed to escape from the “Third Reich”. Following Eugen’s release, the couple initially moved to Berlin-Schöneberg, where their son Werner was living. From there, Rosa and Eugen – along with 1,195 others – were deported on 12 January 1943 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, where they were murdered.
Gerda Philippine Villemor Amaral Brandt née Brandt