Yosef Rozen

ROZEN, Yosef
Although Zofia Katarzyna Rozen (née Tomczak) was born into a conservative Polish family and received a Catholic convent education, she threw in her lot with the Jewish people from an early age. In 1940, she married Zenon Merenholc, a Jew and the two reached the town of Ostrog in the Volhynia district as refugees. In 1941, with the German occupation of the city, Katarzyna’s husband was killed in one of the early Aktionen and she was left alone with her newborn baby daughter on the Aryan side of the city. Rozen exploited the fact that she was Aryan to help Jews who escaped from the ghetto and did all she could to assist the many Jewish acquaintances who flocked to her door.