After years as prisoners in Siberia, Rosalee, Abraham, Jacob, and baby Manny, were taken via cattle train to another unknown destination. In the middle of their journey, the train suddenly stopped and two Red Cross nurses boarded to ask if anyone was injured. An unknown prisoner volunteered that Rosalee’s brother Jacob’s foot was injured. So the nurses quickly removed Jacob from the train and he was never heard from since. The train continued and they soon found themselves in a remote area of Kazakhstan, with no food or shelter, forced to live with chickens in a coup. Abraham learned to make shoes, which Rosalee then sold on the Black Market. They had a baby girl, Perla, who died several years later due to tuberculosis, lack of medical assistance, and poor nutrition.
Following her death, they found themselves in a Displaced Person’s Camp in Germany where it was discovered that Abraham had tuberculosis. Taken to a hospital, he had a lung removed and was sent to a sanitarium. With no money to visit her husband, Rosalee then made and sold bras to women in the DP Camp to afford train trips to visit Abraham over the course of three years. Finally recovered, they registered to go to the USA, arriving in New Orleans aboard an immigrant ship. They were then given three one way tickets to Miami. A year later she gave birth to baby girl Lily. Then after a doctor’s visit, Abraham discovered he once again tested positive for tuberculosis. He was sent to a sanitarium in Colorado for three years, while Rosalee alone raised the children with little money, not speaking the language, and no help from anyone.
When Abraham finally returned, Rosalee became the breadwinner, finding work making drapes while Abraham was the house husband. Long hours prevented her from seeing her children, so they began their own drapery business. After retiring, they moved to California to be near Lily, until Abraham passed away at age 90. After being together 60 years, Rosalee struggled, but adapted to widowhood. Three years later, tragedy struck when son Manny encountered a medical malpractice situation, being improperly intubated by a doctor who was only a doctor for seven months, resulting in Manny becoming a vegetable and dying. Devastated, she went into a deep depression and Lily, living in NYC at the time moved Rosalee in with her who constantly cried, couldn’t eat, sleep or find enjoyment in anything. She wanted to die.