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Sol Rosenberg

(Louisiana industrialist and
World War II Holocaust survivor)​


Born February 2, 1926​
Warsaw, Poland
Died January 30, 2009 (aged 82)
Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, USA

Resting place:
Jewish Cemetery in Monroe, Louisiana ​

Occupation Businessman; Philanthropist
Spouse Tola Barron Rosenberg (married c. 1946-2006, her death)​

Children:
Joe Rosenberg
​ Jackie Rosenberg
​ Herman Rosenberg
​ Jeannie R. Wermuth
​ Terri Rosenberg
​ Ten grandchildren​

Religion Jewish

Sol Rosenberg (February 2, 1926 – January 30, 2009) was a Polish-born American businessman and philanthropist. He was a Jewish survivor of the German Nazi concentration camps who became an industrialist in Monroe in northeastern Louisiana.​

Biography

After the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, Rosenberg lived in the Warsaw Ghetto set up by the Nazi occupiers of Poland. The German Nazi regime sent his parents and two sisters to their deaths in 1942, but Rosenberg was one of the few to escape from the death camp at Treblinka. He returned to Warsaw, where he participated in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.He was then sent to the Dachau concentration camp, from which he was liberated by the Allied Powers after the final overthrow of the Nazi regime.[1]

In Poland, Rosenberg met his wife, the former Tola Baron (June 22, 1924– January 12, 2006). The couple emigrated to Louisiana in 1949 and thereafter settled in Monroe where they established Sol's Pipe and Steel Company.[1]

Rosenberg was involved in community affairs and charitable works, being a charter founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Holocaust Museum Houston. He was a member of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and supported the Booster Club at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. In 2006, he was awarded the Kitty DeGree Lifetime Business Achievement Award. He played golf at the Bayou Desiard Country Club in Monroe, at which he made a hole in one at the age of eighty-one.[2]

Rosenberg contributed to youth athletics and the reconstruction of the Jewish Cemetery in Monroe. His friend Jay Marx, a Jewish member of the Monroe City Council, characterized Rosenberg's life as "the American dream. He found his way in a new country and reaped the benefits of this country... He didn't take for granted anything, and he shared plenty. I think all of us will certainly regret his loss but will admire his life.”[1]

"My father was kind of like a Will Rogers in reverse; he never met a man who didn't like him,” said his son, Jackie Rosenberg, in an interview with The Monroe News-Star.[1] The senior Rosenberg remained active in the family's business, Sol's Pipe and Steel, an international company, until he was besieged by cancer.[1]

Rosenberg died at his Monroe residence. In addition to his son Jackie and his wife, Diane, Rosenberg was survived by four other children, Joe Rosenberg and wife, Pam; Herman Rosenberg, Jeannie Wermuth and her husband, Gary, and Terri Rosenberg. There were also twelve grandchildren.[2] Services were held on February 1, 2009 – one day before what would have been Rosenberg's 83rd birthday – at the Reform Judaism synagogue, Temple B'nai Israel, in Monroe.[3] Interment followed at the Jewish Cemetery.

Sol’s Story: A Triumph of the Human Spirit by Richard B. Chardkoff, a ULM historian, tells the story of Rosenberg’s trials and triumphs.[4] His obituary quotes him, accordingly: "I love the United States. I’m a citizen. I’m proud to be an American, and I’m a good American. Nowhere in the whole world did I find happiness. I find happiness in America."[2]

A decade after his death, Rosenberg's company was thriving under the successful tariff policy of U.S. President Donald Trump. Jackie Rosenberg said that the company had stockpiled an inventory of steel before the tariffs, which increased the value of what he had in stock when steel prices rose.[5] Gre

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Monroe businessman Sol Rosenberg dies," Monroe News Star, January 30, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 In Loving Memory, Mr. Sol Rosenberg. Mulhearn Funeral Home in Monroe, LA. Retrieved on May 11, 2009.
  3. Congregation B’nai Israel, Monroe, LA. Bayoujews.org. Retrieved on May 11, 2009.
  4. Richard B. Chardkoff. Sol’s Story: A Triumph of the Human Spirit. Amazon.com. Retrieved on May 11, 2009.
  5. Greg Hilburn (August 30, 2018). Louisiana pipe company thrives under Trump tariffs. The Monroe News-Star. Retrieved on December 2, 2020.

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